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A young man gains a new perspective on himself and his people during an unexpectedly complicated sojourn in Europe in this independent drama. Daniel (Ash Newman) is a teenager growing up in London; good looking and personable, Daniel enjoys a life of carefree hedonism, but deep inside he feels that something is missing. Daniel has a close relationship with his Jewish grandmother (Hadassah Unger Diamant), who serves as his confidante and conscience. Grandmother persuades Daniel to go to Europe in search of the grave of her late husband, who vanished during the pogroms of World War II. Daniel… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Roboh's moralistic paean to Jewish self-knowledge is so solemnly high-minded that one almost feels bad admitting that the film's only spark comes from its occasional tawdry ludicrousness."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"The result of Cave just letting it rip is a western that's a mix of Unforgiven, everything by Sam Peckinpah, Deadwood at its most profane and a rabid dog gnawing on your leg while you're running away."
‑ Malene Arpe, Toronto Star
"A lot of the film is just downright silly."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Shem is the flipside of the similarly juvenile My Summer of Love--condescending about sex and ostensibly reverential to faith."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Daniel's character transformation, however limited (he ranges from complete to partial arrogant jerk), is far more credible than any of the film's half-baked attempts at morphing into a conspiracy thriller involving his great-grandfather."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Its narrative never rises above its episodic nature."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"scenic and interesting in a Rough Guide to Eastern Europe sort of way"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Several things are missing in Shem, most apparently a consistent tone of voice."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A pointless hodgepodge, with a finale that will leave viewers scratching their heads."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Perhaps the most distinctive thing about Caroline Roboh's rambling follow-up to her 1983 debut Clementine Tango is that it features one of the least likable protagonists ever."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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