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Sidney Turtlebaum (2008)

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Sidney Turtlebaum is a bitter sweet comedy that tells the story of Sidney, an eccentric gay Jewish man in his seventies. To punish the world Sidney earns his living as a pickpocket and a ... See full summary »

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Sidney Turtlebaum is a bitter sweet comedy that tells the story of Sidney, an eccentric gay Jewish man in his seventies. To punish the world Sidney earns his living as a pickpocket and a conman - his chosen modus operandi is to gatecrash Shiva houses of mourning to steal from the gathered crowd. Written by Anonymous

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He crashes funerals and steals more than just the show

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Sidney Turtlebaum: I am probably the most fascinating human being you will ever meet, Gabriel.
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A great performance by Sir Derek Jacobi
24 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had the chance of catching a screening of this and absolutely loved it. I came out of the cinema with a smile on my face, having laughed a lot for most of this witty little black comedy and being taken slightly by surprise by the ending.

It's the story of a day in the life of Sidney Turtlebaum (Sir Derek Jacobi), an old Jewish man, a day he spends with a young man named Gabriel, taking him to Shiva houses (Jewish houses in mourning) around the Golders Green neighbourhood in London. There he proves himself to be a charming old man with a few secrets.

Both leads are great, in particular Sir Derek Jacobi, who plays Sidney in a very charming way, giving him humanity and surprising us as we learn more and more about this character. At 18min, I really wanted more!


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