To Dust

2018

Drama

147
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 88

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Matthew Broderick as Murray Krafft
Stephanie Kurtzuba as Receptionist
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772.67 MB
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English
R
23.976 fps
105 min
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English
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23.976 fps
105 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by larrys3 5 / 10 / 10

Not For the Faint of Heart

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.

Reviewed by joemovie-20000 5 / 10 / 10

One of the worst films I've seen. Was this a joke?

I saw this in NY at Tribeca. Do not watch this film. I wish there was a way of giving it zero stars because if there ever was a zero star film this is the one. It starts off slow and keeps going until the end when believe it or not you will be wondering what the story had to do with anything. The comedy is not funny. The tragedy is bizarre and ineffective. It must be close to the worst film ever made, and I have watched some poor films in my time but this stands head and shoulders beyond them all. I feel I had a moral obligation to write something so if only one person reads this and does not watch it I have done my good deed for the year. The plot was so poor that it is hard to write ten lines about it. The supporting actors are just so predictable and two-dimensional and the story painfully without direction. Sadly, I don't think it was intended to be a joke.

Reviewed by paul-allaer 5 / 10 / 10

Dark (if not black) Jewish comedy is uneven but at times brilliant

"To Dust" (2018 release; 91 min.) brings the story of Shmuel, an Orthodox Jew. As the movie opens, Shmuel is at the hospital, where his wife just has passed away unexpectedly. Shmuel is bewildered and in deep grief. At night he has nightmares about what becomes of the body of his wife. He becomes obsessed with that, and by accident befriend Albert, a science professor at the local community college. Albert explains to Shmuel what becomes of a person's decaying body by showing the analogy of a decaying pig's body... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Couple of comments: this is one weird little movie. What starts out as a movie about grieving for a lost loved one, gradually evolves into something different altogether: a dark, if not black, comedy about decaying bodies, both of the human and of the animal kind, yeah... While the initial third of the movie is mostly so(m)ber and even macabre, the last hour is at times laugh-out-loud funny. The biggest surprise for me was the outstanding and all around charming performance from Matthew Broderick as the community college science professor who unexpectedly (but not unwillingly) becomes tangled up in the life of the grieving Orthodox Jew, leading to situations he probably never imagined possible. In that sense, the movie is a bizarre "buddy movie", pairing the Orthodox Jew to this divorced college professor. Check out the scenes as they go on the road to Knoxville, TN to check out a "body farm" (yea, it's kinda like that level of weirdness). Frankly, I'm amazed this movie even got made (and surely the fact that Broderick stars was the deciding factor in that). This little movie is way out there, and surely not for everyone. In the end, I found it uneven but at times brilliant. "To Dust" premiered at last year's Tribeca film festival (yes, a year ago) and showed up out of the blue in the theater this weekend. I just had to check it out. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended by exactly 10 people, myself included, of which 2 couples left after about 20 min. and didn't return... If you are in the mood for a dark Jewish comedy that is "out there", I'd readily suggest you give this a chance, be it at the theater (not very likely), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

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