Sundance 2015: Goofy Religious Antics in Jared Hess’ ‘Don Verdean’



In Don Verdean, Sam Rockwell dons a beard and plays Don, a religious collector who made a name for himself years ago but is well past his prime now. Working with his assistant Carol, played by Amy Ryan, he decides to work with a new church that plans to fully fund him and any of his endeavors. But his friend in the Middle East, Boaz played by Jemaine Clement, sends him a complete fake. He then decides to travel to Israel himself to find the next artifact, but realizes it’s just impossible, and so they begin an adventure of faking whatever they need and it works, bringing fame & fortune to them. Until it all comes crashing down.

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