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Rashevski's Tango

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Rosa Rashevski, this family's matriarch, believed that tango could heal the body better than chicken soup. She is the catalyst for considerable family drama in Rashevski's Tango, an ensemble feature length film by Belgian writer/director Sam Garbarski. Rashevski's Tango is a portrait of three generations of a Jewish family wrestling with issues of identity, love, interfaith marriage and long-held family secrets. The story starts with the death of Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who avoided religion and rabbis, so much so that after the Holocaust she decided not to circumcise her sons - just in case the Nazis returned. Upon her death, to her family's surprise, she had bought a burial site in a Jewish cemetery. Her death makes her family engage in individual and collective soul searching; their relationships to each other shift in order to fill the empty space left by the formidable Rosa. They also begin to examine their own bond to Judaism. Rosa's sons Simon and David, who play chess on the phone together late at night, struggle with their abandonment by their father, who left Rosa decades ago to become Orthodox and make aliyah in Israel. Simon and his Christian wife Isabelle fight over whether Simon will be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Their daughter Nina wants a Jewish husband, but is falling in love with Antoine, who is not Jewish but at least knows how to tango (along with a few other things!). Rosa's grandson Rick is involved with Khadija, a beautiful French Muslim woman, who chides him, "In Palestine you want to kill Arabs, but here you want to marry one." And Rosa's brother-in-law Dolpho, a wise, fallible and comic man, grapples with his new role as head of the family.

About the Director

Writer, director and actor Sam Garbarski is best know for his films Rashevski's Tango and Irina Palm. The film Irina Palm won the Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) for the Best European Union Film. It was also nominated for the Golden Bear Award (Top Prize) at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. Mr. Garabarski co-wrote Rashevski's Tango and Irina Palm with Philippe Blasband. The filmmaker is one of the new generation of Belgian filmmakers with renewed popularity around the world.


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  • Actors: Hippolyte Giradot, Ludmilla Mikael, Michel Jonasz, Daniel Mesguich, Natan Cogan
  • Directors: Sam Garbarski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Menemsha Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001TAJZGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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