Synopsis: Disappointed by love, suicidal Norman arranges to meet some like-minded people. But when he arrives at the meeting the alleged suicides turn out to be unscrupulous killers looking for a willing victim. A comical and macabre fight against death begins.
Round-up: In New York Magazine, David Edelstein has a few words of advice for moviegoers: "If you manage not to bolt in the first five minutes of Death in Love—wherein Boaz Yakin cuts back and forth between a Jewish girl havi... ng sex with a Nazi and graphic shots of Nazis performing experimental surgery on Jews—you’ll be rewarded with a pretentious and stilted but weirdly compelling blend of sins-of-the-parent saga and horror movie." During his coverage of Sundance 2008, Robert Koehler predicts the success of the film with little enthusiasm: "So distant from Yakin's fine breakthrough, 'Fresh,' that it seems to be from a different solar system, family drama involving the psychological legacy of the Holocaust is stymied by arch, stagy dialogue, bizarre characterizations and ultra-chilly filmmaking. Beyond harshly received Sundance preem, prospects are flatline all the way." Rex Reed at the New York Observer answers his own rhetorical question: "What makes pretentious, low-budget-indie filmmakers think the world is waiting breathlessly to absorb their personal memoirs like groundbreaking new recipes for meatballs?...Mr. Yakin’s Orthodox roots have apparently inspired nothing but misery." Screen's David D'Arcy commends the film, "Boaz Yakin's dark drama is about the legacy of pain. We enter it through a smooth-talking scammer in Manhattan whose mother survived the Nazi camps thanks to a love affair with a doctor who experimented on prisoners. Death In Love shows that, as parents made moral compromises, so do the sons, long after the tragedy which marked their lives."