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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
Mar 11, 2007 Wide
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For a movie meant to shake viewers out of their ignorance, this clunky drama sure does indulge in a lot of stereotypes.
In Arranged two devout Brooklyn schoolteachers clutch hands across the religious divide as their respective families prepare to marry them off.
Precise lensing, a strong sense of locale and vibrant, eminently likeable perfs enliven Arranged.
Lamentable scenes include that comic relief stand-by, the Bad Date Montage, but the movie comes off better than it should by virtue of Benhamou and (especially) Lister-Jones, appealing and modest young actors who create a plausible central relationship,
Maybe real life isn't as neat as portrayed here. In that case, the drawback is with reality, not the movie.
Even if the cross-cultural camaraderie looks a little easy to achieve, here, aren't movies sometimes supposed to point towards the path of peace and reconciliation?
Lays out the magic and messiness of friendship between women, and an outsider becomes a privileged insider.
Schaefer and Crespo's message isn't subtle, but they give it a fresh face by focusing on women whose identities are shaped but not warped by piety and devotion to ancient cultural values.
While the celebratory finale is supposed to be uplifting, it could just as easily be described as depressing and disturbing.
This is a beautiful little independent film with some really wonderful messages tucked into a tale of friendship, loyalty, duty, and tradition.
A drama about the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman with two radiant performances and an important message about respecting religious diversity
Muslims and Jews can indeed get along, and famously. Just have them teach in the same elementary school as this cute little, low-budget indie brings out.
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