Up 28,496 this week

The Burial Society (2002)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  28 May 2004 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 181 users   Metascore: 53/100
Reviews: 6 user | 8 critic | 5 from

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 »



0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5108 titles
created 19 Sep 2011
a list of 1703 titles
created 25 Oct 2011
a list of 2352 titles
created 25 Feb 2014
a list of 10000 titles
created 01 Jun 2014
a list of 431 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Burial Society (2002)

The Burial Society (2002) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Burial Society.
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Sheldon Kasner
Marvin Telekunsky
Hy Leibowicz
Bill Meilen ...
Harry Epstein
Morry Zimmer
Sam Goldberg
Jake Lightman
Stuart Lightman
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language





Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A sociedade da morte  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Life Lessons from the Land of the Dead
5 September 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I guess this film is not well known because it isn't easy to categorize and it defies the conventions of any genre. If you don't consider that a bad thing - which is to say, if you actually like movies that challenge convention and make one uncomfortable, this is A material. The film is a VERY dark comedy, very clever, very squeamish (unless you enjoy hanging out in mortuaries), and quite frankly, different from most everything else out there in movie rental land. I also found it refreshing to see elderly people who were not dotty, and morality tales intertwined within thriller twists. The film does share some qualities of the good films that the Coen Brothers used to make, but it seems to be less interested in playing into genre expectations. Rob LaBelle does a fine job of letting us inside his head, and the supporting cast are all glorious. The movie is only slow if you crave the MTV-Hollywood glossy glucose fix of adrenaline. Slow movies often provide a rich, rewarding experience, and this movie is no exception to that rule. A definite gem!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
please explain the ending! tatararabuga
Discuss The Burial Society (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: