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 »
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
I saw this film as part of the 6th Annual Okanagan Film Festival, and having seen two other wonderful films already ("Marion Bridge" and "Un Crabe Dans La Tete"), i had high hopes for "The Burial Society". Although the cast is just loaded with experience, it is only the performances of the old men that are impressive. Rob LaBelle's starring role might win him a Genie for Best Impersonation of Don McKellar, but little else. And the writer / director's win at the 2002 Vancouver International Film Festival for Best Canadian Screenplay is a disgrace -- the ending begs the audience to believe things of the supporting characters that would be unconscionable. Whereas Kodak donated unlimited film stock to the producers of "Un Crabe Dans La Tete", it seems that the producers of "The Burial Society" were a little short on stock. The use of flashbacks and flashforwards is fine, but to use the exact same shots over and over again is shameful ... not to mention insulting to the audience. It seems as though barely 45 minutes of film was shot and then had to be edited to feature length. Go ... support the Canadian film industry ... go see "The Burial Society" and tell me i'm wrong ... but make sure you also see "Marion Bridge" and "Un Crabe Dans La Tete".
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