Shem

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  1. StevenE.
    May 27, 2006
    10
    I thought this was an insightful, well-crafted exploration of Jewish roots and the eternal struggle between good and evil. File this one under BYB. (Bring Your Brain.)
  2. KenA.
    Jul 1, 2006
    1
    The only reason I'd give this film even one point is because it's 96 degrees out and the theater air con was working beautifully. The protagonist's only character growth seems to be a better understanding of the grandfather he never met, and the ability to say no to a sexual situation involving minors, the only truly moral choice he makes in the entire film. The "looking The only reason I'd give this film even one point is because it's 96 degrees out and the theater air con was working beautifully. The protagonist's only character growth seems to be a better understanding of the grandfather he never met, and the ability to say no to a sexual situation involving minors, the only truly moral choice he makes in the entire film. The "looking for great-grandpa" plot is constantly being thrown aside to chase down side alleys involving an abduction that mysteriously ends as soon as it begins, a DaVinci Code-like mystery that goes unexplained, and the sudden appearance of grandma in Italy (how she knew her grandson would be there at all is unexplained) for reasons that are never revealed, as the end credits come on just at the point the audience figures the narrative would explain all the meshuganah going on. This movie simply goes all over the place, and the one to blame is the writer-director, who needs to go back to film school to re-do the plot development and editing classes she evidently cut. Expand
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33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. 50
    By the time the frustratingly silly ending arrives, it's confirmed that Shem, which translates to "name" in Hebrew, is just as confused as its protagonist. Daniel's looks may charm everyone who crosses his path, but he is like the movie: most of the depth that does exist remains buried beneath the surface.
  2. 50
    A bizarre hybrid between Euro erotic thriller and a parable of Jewish awakening.
  3. 25
    As a narrative, Shem, directed by Caroline Roboh, is a pointless hodgepodge, with a finale that will leave viewers scratching their heads.