In the Hasidic community of Boro Park, Brooklyn, a despondent young man, short on both faith and funds, reluctantly agrees to assume the responsibility of an overnight shimmer and fulfill the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased member of the Orthodox community. With only the company of the recently departed and an ailing widow who expresses cryptic reservations as to the man's ability to carry out the task, he soon finds himself exposed to a terrifying haunting within the claustrophobic confines of a home that has become host to a malevolent entity. In what is essentially a one-man show, Dave Davis is profoundly affecting in his portrayal of the hesitant sentinel, exuding an empathetic combination of frayed nerves and timid weariness. Throughout this uncanny night, his vigil gradually transforms into a harrowing spiritual investigation of both his cursed surroundings and his pitiable past - a journey in which the very recesses of his community's collective trauma ...Written by
Toronto International Film Festival
Not explained in detail, in Jewish religion the vigil along one night of a corpse is named shemira (Hebrew word for "watching" or "guarding"), where a guardian (called shomer for males, shomeret for females and shomrim in plural indistinctly) passes the night with the recent deceased. The purpose of this vigil is custody to this recently deceased in his/her house until the sunrise for the arrival of the funeral service previous to the burial, standing in the same room with the corpse all the time. Mentioned in the prologue, usually a guardian is a familiar or close friend with the deceased, although it's possible to hire a guardian if there isn't a friend or relative to make the vigil or anyone is available for it. Another attribute of the guardian is for reading the Torah (Holy Bible for Jews), to prevent that a demon or evil being take possession of the deceased, as well as for avoiding that the shomer/shomeret be possessed by it. See more »
Expected more from this indie film
Waited a long time and was excited to watch it, it started great but it was nothing but a typical hollywood movie with the same generic formula. Sadly there aren't any good horror movies but hopefully, indie filmmakers will come up with some original concepts.
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