To Dust (2018)


“This is just wrong. This is just all kinds of wrong.. Did you bring a shovel? ” – Albert

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Following the death of his wife, a Hassidic Jew tries to find answers as to what happens to the body following death.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and the premise seemed really intriguing.

As an Orthodox Jew, I am always interested in seeing how movies and TV portray people of my religion.

I am not a Hassidic Jew, yet I know plenty of them and therefore I am much more acquainted with their lifestyle than many people out there.

The premise of this film explores a very deep question in a very interesting way.

The cast of this movie is great with Geza Rohrig and Matthew Broderick both giving very realistic ad genuine performances.

The chemistry between the two of them is amazing throughout and lets us truly believe this very unlikely friendship between these two very different people.

They do a nice job keeping the story paced really well and that actually helps keep things feeling even more unique due to the way that things play out here.

The dialogue is superbly written.

The way that these characters interact is done in such a profound way.

They allow things to feel so much more realistic because we can believe that these situations and conversations are really happening.

They do a wonderful job making these debates and conversations seem both simplistic and complex at the same time which enhances things so much.

The story is presented in a very quirky way, yet stays really fascinating the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Great premise that plays out so well. The cast is superb and Rohrig and Broderick has amazing chemistry together. The film explores some fascinating ideas from a perspective that most people are quite unfamiliar with and it works quiet well. The way that things are paced is done in a way that helps make this all feel so unique in the way that they present things. The dialogue is great and the conversations that these characters have are in one sense simplistic, yet in another extremely profound and complex. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scenes for the Community College were filmed at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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