Archive for April 12th, 2011


Rosa Rashevski believes that tango can heal the body better than jewish chicken soup; a bold claim considering that scientists and philosophers have mused on the power of jewish chicken soup for generations, nevertheless, she does tell her sons Simon and David to resort to the tango when they’re in need of overcoming their troubles…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  which is why, upon her death the family is surprised that 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 shifts in order to fill the empty space left by the formidable Rosa; they also begin to examine their own bond to Judaism…


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…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”…Rashevski’s Tango was the first feature film for writer director Sam Garbarski …Sam Garbarski was born in Krailling Germany on Februarfy 13, 1948 (Aquarius) but at age 22 he immigrated to Belgium where he settled and acquired citizenship…for more than twenty successful years he led his own advertising agency which produced award winning spots in Cannes, New York and London…the film was a resounding success earning rave reviews from critics across the spectrum…Jewish influence in tango is strong; there were many jewish Argentineans who contributed to the development of tango…two of its greatest Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla were of Italian jewish background