Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish

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The play Romeo and Juliet has been translated around the world. Now this gritty, funny new feature film retells William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in Yiddish. A middle-aged ER nurse, Ava, in graduate school-and bitterly lapsed observant Jew-undertakes a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare's great classic, Romeo and Juliet. Meanwhile, her houseguest, also a Hasidic dropout, is "leaking" Kabbalistic magic, and enchants her studio apartment. In what might be the first Yiddish "mumblecore" film, Annenberg creates a parallel universe (aka Williamsburg, Brooklyn), where Romeo and Juliet stem from divergent streams of ultra-orthodox Judaism and speak their lines in street-smart Yiddish. -- (C) Vilna City Films

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  • A charming and entertaining movie that instills a little fantasy into the mix.

    May 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The performances are uneven, but there's a grimy thrill to seeing scenes from the play in subway cars and on fire escapes.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Oy, such terrible jokes and choppy direction.

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film, written and directed by Eve Annenberg (who also stars) is sprawling and sometimes confusing, but its premise is charming and not at all far-fetched.

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • There have been many untraditional film adaptations of Shakespeare's, but few have been as unorthodox as this one...

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Annenberg's attitudinous Shakespeare riff is a unique blend of psychodrama, ethnographic experimentation, and high-concept hustle.

    Jul 5, 2011 | Full Review…

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