My Mexican Shivah [videorecording] / Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía ; Fondo para la Producción Cinematográfica de Calidad ; Anarchists' Convention, a production of Springall Pictures
DVDs | Emerging Pictures | c2006 | [Widescreen version.]
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD M WORLD (SPANISH)) plus 1 more
Mexico : Spingall Pictures ; Emerging Pictures, c2006.
1 videodisc (ca 98min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Dialogue in Spanish, Hebrew, and Yiddish, with English subtitles.
Sergio Klainer, Raquel Pankowsky, Martha Roth, David Ostrosky.
Director, Alejandro Springall ; original music, Jacobo Lieberman; performed by The Klezmatics; editor, Madeleine Gavin; cinematography, Celiana Cárdenas.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.
Based on a story by Ilán Stavans.
Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, Springall's seriocomic drama depicts the religious rituals and dysfunctional dynamics of a Mexican Jewish family coping with the untimely death of their beloved pater familias Moishe. Cultures collide as Moishe's large family and assorted eccentric friends gather to pay their respects to the dead, sitting shivah for a week, as is the Jewish tradition. Watching the loca familia in mourning is a pair of irascible (and invisible) Yiddish-speaking Angels, who take stock of the deceased's decidedly unorthodox life. Leading the family in demonstrating their grief is Moishe's neurotic middle-aged daughter Esther, who threatens to kill her father's long-time mistress, Julia Palafox, if she dares to show her face.
MW, 4-09; 4-14(rpl)
Spanish title: Morirse está en Hebreo