To Dust

Opens Friday, March 8
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1hr 32mins // directed by:Shawn Snyder // featuring:Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick // Assisted Listening // DCP

Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig star in this darkly comic and increasingly literal undertaking into the underworld.

Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in Upstate New York, 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 - despite the blasphemy inherent in any scientific inquiry. Risking discovery and expulsion, Shmuel tip-toes outside his enclave, where his search leads to Albert, a bumbling biology professor at the local community college.

Soon, Albert is unwittingly seduced into an odd world of homespun forensic research and begins to guide Shmuel through outrageous experiments that aim to approximate a timeline for Rivkah’s dissolution - starting with the theft, suffocation and burial of a pig. As amateur scientists practicing imperfect science and incompetent criminals on progressively absurd outings, the two find themselves neck-deep in genres in which neither of them belongs. With their macabre moonlit misadventures growing ever more perilous, the odd couple will stop at nothing to satiate their curiosity and ultimately find Shmuel the comfort he desperately seeks.

"To Dust turns into some sort of Peter Greenaway meets Orthodox Jewish Bride of Frankenstein. Broderick and Rohrig are either the funniest or the creepiest odd couple ever or both." — James Verniere, Boston Herald

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"Snyder does not sugarcoat the realities of grief or biological inevitability, although he does, rather surprisingly, find humor in the protagonist's unhealthy obsession." — Mark Dujsik, RogerEbert.com

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"The captivating exploration in faith and mourning works with its quirky plot and series of events." — Samantha Incorvaia, Arizona Republic

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