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 ... Judy
Larry Owens ... Stanley
Isabelle Phillips ... Shprintzel
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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. 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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The scenes for the Community College were filmed at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island. See more »

Quotes

Albert: This is just wrong. This is just all kinds of wrong.. Did you bring a shovel?
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Edited from To Dust - Nightmares (2018) See more »

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Blow Wind Blow
Written and performed by Tom Waits
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Oh the mediocraty of democracy
9 May 2019 | by maniortSee all my reviews

Sometimes I wish that there was a standardized IQ test prior to leaving web reviews. Sometimes the subject of the review is the test itself.

This is a beautifully shot, wonderfully written and acted, quirky dramedy about an interesting subject. Knowing a little about Jewish culture helps but isn't necessary. Almost every line Broderick delivers is funny - he hasn't lost any of his 80s charm.

The pacing and humor will challenge those born after 1983.

"You know what this means?... It means Harold is ahead"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

22 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Dust 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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