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Arranged (2007)

Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, more...
Director: Stefan Schaefer, Diane Crespo, Diane Crespo, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Film Movement
Genre: Drama, Independent, Biopics, Film Movement
Running Time: 89 min.
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Two women whose peoples are often at odds find they're more alike than anyone expects in this drama from directors Stefan C. Schaefer and Diane Crespo. Rochel (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Nasira (Francis Benhamou) are two young women who have begun teaching at a public grade school in Brooklyn, NY. Rochel is an Orthodox Jew and Nasira is a Muslim of Pakistani descent, and the students and the administrators at the school are concerned there might be friction between the two teachers. However, over the course of their first year of teaching, Rochel and Nasira discover they have far more in common than they imagined -- both sometimes find themselves culturally out of place in 21st century New York, and both are trying to live within the traditions of their faith while struggling with their own feelings. In particular, Rochel and Nasira bond over the fact both are expected to enter into arranged marriages, Nasira with a wary optimism and Rochel with a great deal of trepidation. Arranged was screened in competition at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Surprisingly good by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 2:07 PM PDT
I was so pleased by how this movie came out. While showing a great deal of skepticism about how two educated young women will manage to hold on to their insular and unpopular religions in modern New York without retreating into enclaves, it refuses to trivialize their faiths. There is a character (their boss) who tries to perform that function for them, and the director clearly is unsympathetic to her -- in fact risks making her a silly caricature of ignorant intolerance. The young women, in the meantime, find common ground and make peace with their respective traditions. Most directors would have been quite unable to resist either creating a Romeo-and-Juliet crisis or leaving the audience with a condescending and edgy conviction that the women failed in courage when they did not choose emancipation.

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