To Dust

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

This feature film debut from Snyder is tells the tale of Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in Upstate New York, who is distraught by the untimely death of his wife, Rivkah. As he struggles to find solace in his religion, which proffers a stringent timeline for grief, Shmuel grows increasingly haunted by visions of Rivkah's decomposing corpse. Convinced that her soul will suffer until her body returns to dust, Shmuel decides that to stop his feverish spiral he must seek an understanding of the physical processes of her decay.

Cast

  • Géza Röhrig
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Sammy Voit
  • Sarah Jes Austell
  • Natalie Carter
  • Bern Cohen
  • Linda Frieser
  • Ben Hammer
  • Leo Heller
  • Marceline Hugot

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Trivia

  • The scenes for the Community College were filmed at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island.
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Metacritic

80
Mar 29, 2019

This is a very inventive, original story, in a cinematic landscape that sometimes seems bereft of such things.

Metacritic review by Lorry Kikta
Lorry Kikta
Film Threat
70
Feb 8, 2019

If tenderness is deployed to ease Shmuel’s grieving, those are not the scenes which give To Dust its special pungency, or what make you laugh. This film is at its best when it goes for the gut.

David D'Arcy
Screen Daily
70
Feb 5, 2019

With matter-of-fact Jewish wit, it accepts these beliefs as the story's ground rules, understanding that Shmuel won't make peace with his wife's death until he finds some way of reconciling his ideas with physical realities. If only all conflicts between religion and observable facts came to ends as satisfying as this film does.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter