Rashevski's Tango (2009)

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Director Sam Garbarski marked his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with the family-comedy drama Le Tango des Rashevski (The Rashevski Tango), a tale of one extended family's struggle to find meaning and identity within their own somewhat dormant Jewish heritage. When 81-year-old family matriarch Rosa Rashevski passes away, her descendants are left unprepared, as they have no idea what traditional Jewish rites they should be practicing. As a result, various Rashevski begin some rather intense periods of spiritual introspection, ranging from Rosa's granddaughter Nina's (Tania Gabarski, daughter of the director) proclamation to start and raise a Jewish family to grandson -- and former Israeli military man -- Rica's (Rudi Rosenberg) turbulent relationship with his Muslim girlfriend, Khadija (Selma Kouchy). To further complicate matters, a non-Jewish family friend named Antoine (Hippolyte Girardot) shows up at the funeral and strikes up a conversation with Nina, whom he used to baby-sit when they were both younger. As he grows more fond of the young woman and becomes intent on making her his wife, he learns of her intentions to have a Jewish family and tries to find a solution that would make the young woman reconsider him as a suitor.

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Critic Reviews for Rashevski's Tango

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

In the end, though, Mr. Garbarski makes no judgments, which leaves this film feeling sweet but light.

Sep 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Rashevski Tango begins and ends with a burial, but the movie teems with cranky life.

Sep 8, 2009 | Full Review…

The spiritual, historical and practical complications of being Jewish get a funny and touching workout.

Jun 4, 2009
Variety
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[The Rashevski's Tango] is seriously made and sincere enough to assemble a gallery of affecting characters who grow increasingly at ease with themselves.

Jun 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though sometimes the conflicts are too schematic. . .each delightful character is a fully realized person with sympathetic reasons and motivations.

Jan 2, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A compelling, heartfelt and well-acted ensemble drama brimming with intrigue, humor and poignancy.

Sep 14, 2009 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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