Black Comedy. 155 min.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Synopsis: When the dead body of a renowned economist is discovered in his apartment by his four closest friends, the quartet is faced with a difficult dilemma: what to do next. Stopping short of making funeral arrangements, it suddenly occurs to the group that their friend was on the cusp of winning the Nobel Prize. Determined to keep him in the running, they decide to hide the secret for a few days. They close the blinds, blast the air conditioning, and start taking shifts tending to the body, all in the name of keeping their friend “alive.” Fluctuating between broad comedy and intelligent character drama, Stockholm is a hilarious and touching miniseries about lifelong bonds formed and the secrets that have intertwined themselves inside of them. Director Daniel Syrkin and his accomplished cast, including award-winning actor Sasson Gabai (now on Broadway reprising the role he created in The Band’s Visit), strike the perfect balance in tone, lending chutzpah to the comedy behind serious topics. Playing like a Jewish version of The Big Chill for an older demographic, Stockholm is, above all, an endearing portrait of friendship in the twilight years. Based on the eponymous book by Noa Yedlin.
Director: Daniel Syrkin.
Cast: Sasson Gabai, Gidi Gov, Liora Rivlin, Noa Koler, Doval’e Glickman and Tiki Dayan