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Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (2010)

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Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish is a gritty, funny love story about charismatic and wayward Satmar Hasid youth who encounter Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet when they help a jaded NYC emergency room nurse with the play's translation.

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Lazer Weiss ...
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Juliet / Faggie
Mendy Zafir ...
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Ava / Nurse
Isaac Schoenfeld ...
Isaac / Rabbi
Yelena Shmulenson ...
Solman Wiser ...
Capulet / Faigie's Father
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Aaron / Peter
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Aaron / Peter
David Germano ...
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Reyna Schaechter ...
Juliet's Sister / Rivke
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Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish is a gritty, funny love story about charismatic and wayward Satmar Hasid youth who encounter Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet when they help a jaded NYC emergency room nurse with the play's translation.

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A very inventive and unexpected indie
16 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the smartest aspect of this film as that it subverts the expectations of modern re-tellings of Shakespeare, in that to whatever extent it takes on the source material it's almost as an afterthought. Instead writer/director Annenberg takes the culture clash and grafts it onto the Orthodox Hasidim in Brooklyn, but even then it's with a whimsical and irreverent tone. The structure is ambitious and even within the confines of a micro-budget a lot of winning material is mined. The effort is emboldened by a very strong, quirky and effective cast which combined with Ms. Annenberg's gleeful subversions transcend the limited production.


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