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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 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
The real interesting part of 'The Burial Society" happens at the beginning, where the main character tries to get into the Chevrah Kadisha, (essentially a Jewish Burial group) because his former occupation, as an office flunky wasn't going to well. Now, right there! THAT would be a great movie! But noooooooo It starts unraveling that our friendly businessman has a few skeletons in his closet, about why he joined the society in the first place, what really happened at his former job, etc etc.
I really did like the Barton Finkesque qualities that the main character, played by Rob Labelle brought to this role. I agree with a number with of reviewers that this movie tries to emulate the best Coen brothers work, (most notably, coincidentally enough, Barton Fink), but the movie tries WAY to hard and provides too many plot twists for viewers to fully understand what is going on, the ending doesn't help either, providing a cheat that leaves everything up in the air, leaving us trying, vainly, as I am sure repeat viewings wouldn't help, to piece everything together.
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