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Late Marriage (2001)

Cast: Lior Louie Ashkenazi, Lior Louie Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, more...
Director: Dover Kosashvili, Dover Kosashvili
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Foreign, Middle East, Israel
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: Georgian
Subtitles: English
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A couple sets out to find the perfect bride for their son, whether their son likes it or not, in this Israeli comedy. Zaza (Lior Louie Ashkenazi) is a graduate student in his early thirties who has finally found the woman of his dreams -- Judith (Ronit Elkabetz), a Moroccan immigrant with a daughter, Madonna (Sapir Kugman), from a previous marriage. Zaza and Judith have similar interests, a great personal rapport, a keen understanding of one another's feelings, and excellent sexual chemistry, but for Zaza there's one little problem -- his parents. His mother Lili (Lili Kosashvili) and father Yasha (Moni Moshonov) are bound and determined to marry their son to a nice Georgian Jewish girl (who is, of course, a virgin), and they not only disapprove of Zaza's relationship with Judith, they insist on fixing him up on dates as if he isn't in a committed relationship; when that fails to make an impression on Zaza, Lili and Yasha use emotional blackmail against their son, and Lili even goes so far as to confront Judith and insist she stop seeing her son. Late Marriage was shown at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Un Certain Regard series; Lili Kosashvili, who makes her screen debut playing Lili, is actually the mother of the film's writer/director, Dover Kosashvili. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Perplexing Astonishing by squad November 10, 2004 - 3:24 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
America is all about freedom from this sort of arranged marriage stuff, but I really have to ask who is right? Maybe the final verdict is yet to come in on our national experiment in freedom. I don't have an answer, but "Late Marriage" certainly lays the issue before us. We see Soviet Georgia immigrants in Israel and how they live, very interesting. Then there is that sex scene viewers can't help but talk about, very long, and... well you just have to see it for yourself. This is not a boring movie in the least. Highly unique, and for someone outside the Israeli culture, perplexing and astonishing.

a sobering view of old world meets new by sanaz7 September 24, 2003 - 12:54 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If anyone who has lived with religious/traditional not to mention supersticious parents, this is the movie to watch. It truely examines the power of guilt, and cultural ideologies have over people. True Love vs. a Practical Business Transaction, a classic tale that haunts many in modernising and modernized nations including the U.S. I being a 1st generation in the U.S. can relate to this film. Nothing is more powerful than the psychological threshold our parents have over our lives, especially parents that come from very old traditional views. This movie truely depicts that life doesn't always have happy idealistic endings you would normally see in Hollywood films, but that there is tremendous sacrifice involved for others to be happy (your family). Watch this and Bollywood Hollywood.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2001
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Favorite Films of 2002
A list of some of my favorite films of 2002, though my favorite movie of the year, the Argentinian film "La Cienaga" is not currently available.

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