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Shem (2006)



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A young man gains a new perspective on himself and his people during an unexpectedly complicated sojourn in Europe in this independent drama. Daniel (Ash Newman) is a teenager growing up in London; good looking and personable, Daniel enjoys a life of carefree hedonism, but deep inside he feels that something is missing. Daniel has a close relationship with his Jewish grandmother (Hadassah Unger Diamant), who serves as his confidante and conscience. Grandmother persuades Daniel to go to Europe in search of the grave of her late husband, who vanished during the pogroms of World War II. Daniel sets out for Paris, where his grandfather was last seen, but he soon finds himself on a journey that takes him through several nations as he is thrown into a number of unusual adventures. While searching for his grandfather, Daniel learns a great deal about himself and his heritage along the way. Ash Newman's performance in Shem earned him the Best Actor prize at the 2004 New York Independent Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Caroline Roboh
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On DVD: Nov 7, 2006
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Hadassah Unger Diama...
as Daniel's Grandmother
Ash Newman
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Roboh's moralistic paean to Jewish self-knowledge is so solemnly high-minded that one almost feels bad admitting that the film's only spark comes from its occasional tawdry ludicrousness.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Daniel's character transformation, however limited (he ranges from complete to partial arrogant jerk), is far more credible than any of the film's half-baked attempts at morphing into a conspiracy thriller involving his great-grandfather.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
New York Times
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Several things are missing in Shem, most apparently a consistent tone of voice.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
Top Critic

The result of Cave just letting it rip is a western that's a mix of Unforgiven, everything by Sam Peckinpah, Deadwood at its most profane and a rabid dog gnawing on your leg while you're running away.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Toronto Star
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Its narrative never rises above its episodic nature.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
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A pointless hodgepodge, with a finale that will leave viewers scratching their heads.

May 26, 2006
New York Post
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