Morirse esta en Hebreo (My Mexican Shivah) (2007)



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The passing of a Mexican Jew whose appetite for life was stronger than his spiritual discipline makes for a difficult set of funeral arrangements in this comedy from filmmaker Alejandro Springall. Moishe (Sergio Klainer) was a happy-go-lucky guy living in Mexico City's Jewish quarter until the day he died -- appropriately enough while dancing at a party for a local Hebrew theater troupe. While Moishe was a man with plenty of friends, most of the folks he left behind to arrange his funeral don't have much good to say for him. Moishe's daughter, Esther (Raquel Pankowsky), has long been bitter about the fact that he cheated on her mother, and with a Gentile to boot. His son, Ricardo (David Ostrosky), didn't much care for his dad, and at the moment is more concerned about the unexpected pregnancy of his short-term girlfriend. Moishe's grandson, Nicolas (Emilio Savinni), was forced to flee Mexico after being convicted on drug charges; having returned home, he's become a reactionary Orthodox Jew with nothing good to say about Moishe's lifestyle. The local rabbi (Lenny Zundel) has his own ideas about how to conduct the funeral and mourning period, which don't agree with Moishe's view of the world. And Galia (Sharon Zundel) is too busy dealing with her new passion for her cousin Nicholas to focus on her grandfather's passing. Morirse Esta en Hebreo (aka My Mexican Shivah received its North American premiere at the 2006 New York Jewish Film Festival.
Art House & International , Comedy
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David Ostrosky
as Ricardo
Emilio Savinni
as Nicolás
Blanca Guerra
as Julia Palafox
Martha Roth
as Rosita
Guillermo Murray
as Dr. Berman
Martin LaSalle
as Isaac Fischer
Gustavo Sanchez Parra
as Sargento Antúnez
Margot Wagner
as Eva Wolf
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Critic Reviews for Morirse esta en Hebreo (My Mexican Shivah)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

My Mexican Shivah kvetches its way through an insipid vision of cross-cultural conflict.

Full Review… | August 30, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Despite wacky klezmer music on the soundtrack, nothing terribly amusing or unpredictable happens.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
New York Post
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Who needs subtitles when you can speak the universal language of stereotypes?

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Repurposing clichés as springboards to deeper issues...[director Springall] reminds us that ritual can ease reconciliation, and that sometimes even meat and dairy can get along.

August 29, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Alejandro Springall's My Mexican Shivah is another of the recent examples of the Jewish Diaspora absorbed in the preservation of its identity and its rituals in countries around the world.

August 27, 2008
New York Observer
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An altogether charming study of a dysfunctional (what else!) Jewish family in Mexico City.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008

Audience Reviews for Morirse esta en Hebreo (My Mexican Shivah)


If you want to watch a highly funny movie, well this is the wrong one. The story is not bad, but maybe it would have worked more as a drama..... You want a movie about a dysfunctional jewish mexican family Cinco Dias Sin Nora (Nora's Will) is a lot better!!

Ana Araiza
Ana Araiza

Okay, *I* thought it was funny. I'll have to show it to some non-Jewish friends to see if they think it's funny. I would have thought one didn't need to be Jewish to see the humor, but judging from the other reviews, maybe not.

Heather Gilmer
Heather Gilmer

It was a nice try, but they didn't quite pull it off. The actors were all terrible, and the script wasn't very good. Occasional laughs, good direction and cinematography save this film from being a total mess.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

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