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Rated R · 92 minutes · 2019

Comedy, Drama
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 - 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.
Director: Shawn Snyder
Writer: Jason Begue and Shawn Snyder
Producer: Aaron L. Gilbert, Alessandro Nivola, Anjay Nagpal, David Gendron, David Moscow, David Stone, Emily Mortimer, Jason Begue, Jason Dreyer, Jed Webber, Jonathan Gray, Joseph Siprut, Josh Crook, Laura Rosenthal, Ron Perlman, Scott Floyd Lochmus, Todd Remis and Viviana Zarragoitia
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Sammy Voit, Sarah Jes Austell, Matthew Broderick, Bern Cohen, Leo Heller, Janet Sarno, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Ben Hammer, Larry Owens, Aaron Raksin, Jill Marie Lawrence, Joseph Siprut, Zalman Raksin, Natalie Carter, Marceline Hugot, Ziv Zaifman, Isabelle Phillips, Leanne Watson and Yael Davidovics


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