“’The Last’ is a different kind of Shoah-related film.
Where Bergman and Roth collide."
"What ever happened to Fay from 'Wings'? Rebecca Schull is 90 and starring in The Last."
"In 'The Last' a 92-year-old woman reveals a devastating secret."
"Rebecca Schull is spectacular."
-Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“THE LAST” REVIEWS
Rebecca Schull’s ACTING TOUR DE FORCE is SPECTACULAR…TOWERING…STUNNING…EXCEPTIONAL…POWERFUL…SUPERB…OUTSTANDING…ELECTRIC…AMAZING…
“Rebecca Schull is spectacular.”
-Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“A bold movie…provocative, profound. (Rebecca) Schull gives a towering, fearless turn.”
-Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times
“The Last is a different kind of Shoah-related film...where Bergman and Roth collide. Everything you need to know about The Last, the startling new film by writer-director Jeff Lipsky, is right there in the opening scene. Lipsky’s cinematic shorthand is deft and quick. The Last is that rarest of birds – a film of ideas, a fiction film with echoes of George Bernard Shaw, Iris Murdoch and, tellingly, Ingmar Bergman. The echoes of Scenes from a Marriage and Saraband are inescapable.”
-George Robinson, Jewish Week
“*** ½ *. The movie works…due to the raw appeal of the storyline. It’s the type of premise that simply makes one wonder what they would do in a similar situation. (Rebecca) Schull’s quietly commanding performance is a stunning piece of acting, in which the character seems to reveal new layers every time she’s on screen.”
-Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
“Jeff Lipsky, a career film distributor with a parallel path as an independent filmmaker, has a bold, brash approach to stark, plain filmmaking: rawness, bluntness, breathlessness in the face of incest, abortion, cancer, suicide and now, the Holocaust and Jewish identity. Some critics suggest Lipsky’s stories, lovingly cast and achingly played, should be composed as novels or plays, but that’s not what’s in front of us in each and every one of the movies he’s made. There are filmmakers whose work is sleek and slippery and flattering and formally conforming, but how many would have planned the ten-minute opening blind date in “Flannel Pajamas” (2006), or the brute, unvarnished, ceaseless monologue Julianne Nicholson has later on? (Or the concatenation of world-shifting confessions in “The Last”). The machinations and contortions and straight-up barefacedness of Lipsky’s screenplay for “The Last” make once more for eye-popping performances. An unvarnished vehicle for the exceptional range of nonagenarian actress Rebecca Schull. The machinations and contortions and straight-up barefacedness of Lipsky’s screenplay for The Last make once more for eye-popping performances.”
-Ray Pride, Chicago New City News
“An acting tour de force.”
-Peter Debruge, Variety
“A gift to actors. To say that thespians live for opportunities such as this is an understatement, and (Rebecca) Schull, whose restrained underplaying only makes the material more powerful, makes the most of it.”
-Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“Jeff Lipsky likes to make films that are different and with his latest, “The Last” he has gone all out…expertise…boldness. Brilliantly acted by Rebecca Schull…superb performance.”
-William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guilde
"A daring film...A stunning performance from nonagenarian Rebecca Schull.”
-Harvey Karten, Big Apple Reviews
"(A) tremendous and incredible independent film. Lipsky challenges his characters with a horrific truth that changes the very nature of their being. It is truly heavy material that has historical relevance, but remains timely in an age where people are very politically divided. Rebecca Schull gives an outstanding performance as Claire."
-Mark Saldana, True View Reviews
"Loved the film... A totally original and unique look at the impact the Holocaust can have on a family. Easily one of the year’s most electric performances from an actress with Rebecca Schull’s take as ‘Claire’ in the movie!"
-Gadi Elkon, SELIG FILM NEWS
"The Last is great...it's really indescribably beautiful. A very important film."
-Randy Unger, Under the Radar
"An amazing performance by Rebecca Schull. Schull makes Claire wonderfully human. She is lovable and hateful, sad and scary, smart and weak, faithful and inscrutable, all at the same time."
-Jay Jacobs, PopEntertainment.com
“Lipsky gives us one of the most daring films in this young year.”
-Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies
"Loved the film... A totally original and unique look at the impact the Holocaust can have on a family. And easily one of the year’s most electric performances from an actress with Rebecca Schull’s take as ‘Claire’ in the movie!"
Gadi Elkon, SELIG FILM NEWS