If you’ve read the Bible, then you probably know a great deal about Jesus and his teachings. While inspired by biblical passages, Last Days in The Desert, from director Rodrigo García, is an original story of Jesus. In García’s film we see Jesus, as played by Ewan McGregor, as he wanders through the desert en route to Jerusalem. On this journey of prayer and solitude Jesus comes across a family that provides Him shelter. The family’s teenage son, Tye Sheridan, looks up to this visitor while questioning his own relationship with his father (Ciarán Hinds), his dying mother (Ayelet Zurer), and his desires to leave the family trade and continue with this visitor to Jerusalem. Jesus has his own struggles too, as his efforts to communicate with his Father falter and as the voice of Satan (also played by McGregor) becomes continuously louder. The film is more spiritual than religious, offering questions on familial ties and the bond between a father and son — something the director can very much relate to in terms of his own relationship with his father, the late author Gabriel García Márquez.
We spoke with Sheridan about retreating to the desert, his own relationship with his father, and the beauty of dirt removal.