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Late Marriage (2001)

tomatometer

88

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 8

An observant black comedy about arranged marriages and tradition.

96

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 1

An observant black comedy about arranged marriages and tradition.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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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,

Feb 18, 2003

$1.2M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (8) | DVD (7)

A romantic comedy enriched by a sharp eye for manners and mores.

August 23, 2002
Detroit News
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A terrific, thoroughly engrossing motion picture.

August 16, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.

July 10, 2002
Washington Post
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A closely observed, somewhat funny, ultimately very sad movie.

July 10, 2002
Washington Post
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A highlight of Israeli cinema of the past decade, Kosashvili's impressive feature debut is an extremely powerful film is a tale of family tyranny and intergenerational conflict within a Georgian-Jewish community.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Unfunny comedy with a lot of static set ups, not much camera movement, and most of the scenes take place indoors in formal settings with motionless characters.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

I am sorry that I was unable to get the full brunt of the comedy.

December 9, 2002 Full Review

This film feels truly lived in, and guides us without ever feeling manipulative or calculating. The performances are naturalistic and utterly convincing.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

a blistering (and often funny) critique of conservative family traditionalism intruding on the realm of romantic love

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

'...young, savvy cinematic sensibility framed by the limitations of a conservative, unrelenting culture.'

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Funny, clever and bittersweet - often all at the same time.

August 15, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

'The film, in its own remarkably observational way, gradually transforms from an often brutal comedy into a domestic horror film.'

July 28, 2002 Full Review Source: CineScene.com
CineScene.com

This terrific film is fueled by several scenes that are shocking -- but not for the reasons you might think. The shocks here come not from the unexpected sensationalism of them but from their bracing humanity and spontaneous, eye-opening rawness.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Late Marriage is an in-your-face family drama and black comedy that is filled with raw emotions conveying despair and love.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[Koshashvili] sometimes drags [the ideas] out (the film needs tightening), but they're worth considering all the same.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

A very funny look at how another culture handles the process of courting and marriage.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

Whenever you think you've figured out Late Marriage, it throws you for a loop.

July 18, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Using an endearing cast, writer/director Dover Kosashvili takes a slightly dark look at relationships, both sexual and kindred.

July 8, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Audience Reviews for Late Marriage

Interesting look at ancient traditions in a modern culture and the damage they inflict on all involved. Lior Ashkenazi is excellent.
September 27, 2008
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jay nixon

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Oh Lord! Someone compared this to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I'm sure that Dover Koshashvili is having kittens about that comment. Another tale of a loveless marriage created out of tradition.
May 30, 2010
John Ballantine

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An interesting movie! Set upon family honor and traditions, this follows the forbidden love between Zaza and Judith. Zaza comes from a close-knit family that wants nothing but the best for him to marry and begin a family of his own. Zaza abides the wishes of his family, and sets out to find a nice, respectable young woman to marry but earnestly tries to search for an ideal mate in each and every one. Despite the family choices, Zaza wants to start a life with Judith and her young daughter but the family heavily disagrees. Judith's former marriage and her age is one of several factors that causes a hindrance in their relationship. Great cast- Lior Ashkenzai, Aya Steinovitz, Ronit Elkabetz, and Moni Moshonov. Worth seeing!
January 11, 2010
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Leo L

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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' with a heartbreaking twist.
July 13, 2008
SunilJawahir

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