It’s a film we’ve been following for some time and this new trailer has a different vibe to the US version which we saw almost a year ago and we have only a few weeks until the film makes it into UK cinemas on the 13th of May.
The rising star of Eisenberg will no doubt help the film find a decent audience and our review, and our exclusive interview with Jesse Eisenberg, will be up on the site nearer the release date. If you want an idea of what we thought of the film have a look about twenty seconds into the trailer.
Eyes down for a full synopsis,
Holy Rollers is inspired by actual events in the late nineties when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States. Sam Gold (Jesse Eisenberg), a young Hasid from an Orthodox Brooklyn community reluctantly follows the path his family has chosen for him, awaiting a pending arranged marriage and studying to become a Rabbi. A charming neighbour, Yosef Zimmerman (Justin Bartha), senses Sam’s resistance and propositions him to transport ‘medicine’ for Jackie (Danny A. Abeckaser), an Israeli gangster and drug dealer, and his girlfriend, Rachel (Ari Graynor).
Sam quickly demonstrates his business skills to his boss, Jackie, who instantly takes him under his wing. Now exposed to the exciting and gritty worlds of the Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, Sam begins to spiral deeper into their detrimental lifestyle, experimenting with ecstasy and then falling for Rachel. As the business grows, Sam’s double life begins to rip his family apart and the community becomes suspicious of his illegal activities.