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To Dust (2018)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 22 April 2018 (USA)
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Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in upstate New York, distraught by the untimely death of his wife, struggles to find religious solace, while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay.

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Shawn Snyder
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Cast

Credited cast:
Géza Röhrig ... Shmuel
Matthew Broderick ... Albert
Sammy Voit ... Naftali
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Jes Austell ... Lab Receptionist
Natalie Carter ... Security Guard
Bern Cohen ... Reb Goshen
Linda Frieser ... Wake Goer
Ben Hammer ... Rebbe
Leo Heller ... Noam
Marceline Hugot ... Carol
Andrew Keenan-Bolger ... Doctor
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Receptionist
Jill Marie Lawrence Jill Marie Lawrence ... Judy
Larry Owens ... Stanley
Isabelle Phillips Isabelle Phillips ... Shprintzel
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Storyline

Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in Upstate New York, distraught by the untimely death of his wife, struggles to find religious solace, while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert, a local community college biology professor, the two embark on a darkly comic and increasingly literal undertaking into the underworld. Written by Shawn Snyder

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Pó Voltará See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,496, 10 February 2019

Gross USA:

$184,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,495
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The scenes for the Community College were filmed at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island. See more »

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Blow Wind Blow
Written and performed by Tom Waits
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Not For the Faint of Heart
8 May 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

When the R rating for this film declares disturbing images they're not kidding. The movie is a dark, absurd, and morbid comedy, as a Hasidic cantor (Geza Rohrig) becomes obsessed with trying to find out how long it will take his recently deceased wife's remains to decompose into dust so that her spirit can be free.

He will eventually team up with a reluctant community college science professor (Matthew Broderick) to try and get some answers. They will employ some highly bizarre and weird techniques to try and accomplish this.

I found most of the intended deadpan humor didn't quite work here, but as the film progressed I did find some of it darkly funny, like the scene with the security guard (Natalie E. Carter) at the Tennessee body farm.

Overall, after reading so many glowing reviews from pro critics I came away disappointed with this movie. It's not an easy watch for sure, but it also was unlike anything I can recall seeing on screen before.


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