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The Burial Society (2002)

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In The Burial Society, Sheldon Kasner, an unlikely criminal who works as a bank loan manager, infiltrates the mysterious world of the Chevrah Kadisha (the Jewish society that prepares ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Sheldon Kasner
Marvin Telekunsky
Hy Leibowicz
Bill Meilen ...
Harry Epstein
Morry Zimmer
Sam Goldberg
Jake Lightman
Stuart Lightman
Linden Banks ...
Rabbi Fernstein
Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
Lyle Devine
Mrs. Graunbaum
Nick Misura ...
Real building manager
Dagmar Midcap ...
News Reporter #1
Mitra Loraz ...
News Reporter #2 (as Mitra Lohrasb)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sashi Bommakanty ...


In The Burial Society, Sheldon Kasner, an unlikely criminal who works as a bank loan manager, infiltrates the mysterious world of the Chevrah Kadisha (the Jewish society that prepares bodies for burial according to ancient ritual) in order to steal a body and fake his own death after mobsters come after him looking for two million dollars that he is accused of having stolen. Having sought and found refuge within this ancient religious society, Sheldon finds himself captivated by this unusual and powerful world and the three old men who run it. Written by Arthur-23

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Rated R for language





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28 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Descanse em Paz  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Emulates early Coen Brothers
6 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Burial Society is a film noir, a bargain basement emulation of early Coen Brothers style. It tells the story of loans manager Sheldon Krasner (Rob LaBelle), a man of quiet desperation who embezzles money from the wrong people. In an effort to elude the gangsters who are searching for him he conceives an elaborate plan to join the Chevrah Kadisha or Burial Society made up of devout Jewish men who prepare dead bodies for burial.

As expected with this kind of film there are twists a plenty, but none are really surprising. This kind of quirky film noir piece has become stock – we know to look for the twists and turns and when they do come, they're not that surprising. We've seen this kind of story many times, but director Nicholas Rasz at least shakes things up visually, using several showy shots that break up the functional monotony of the story. In one scene as Krasner is putting money into a bag it is seen from the bag's perspective. Not necessary, but a tricky little shot nonetheless.

Rob LaBelle is fine as the nebbishy Krasner, and at 82 minutes Burial Society flies by, but doesn't leave any lasting impression.

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