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Arranged marriage in the modern era is such a ripe field for real-world drama. This dryly funny tragedy is like a subtler "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", only with the incessant smiling replaced with a mixture of natural sexiness and imprisoning mercilessness. A film that is as painful as it is engaging, it works as a harsh reminder that tradition without reason brings unneeded pain. Double feature suggestion: this, followed by Elkabetz's post-arranged-marriage tour de force "Gett: The Trial of Vivian Ansalem."
A well told, sometimes funny sometimes sad story about how religious and family traditions clash in the modern world.
darn it. this was bloody entertaining/hilarious from the get-go plus ronit elkabetz from The Band's Visit starred in this too (she's certified sizzling hot btw, and the woman's a good actress too) that i was gutted with the "let-down" of an ending.
to be fair, if it had ended otherwise it would've been 'hi, cliched hollywood ending'.
tradition or not, it was hard to curb the great disdain i had for 'zaza'; his cowardice was appalling.
A 31 year old unmarried man in Israel is, I guess, very distressful to his family. They want him settled down and having children but it seems Zaza already has his heart set on someone totally unsuitable: an older woman, divorced and with a kid. The family won't stand for it.
A pesar de las tradiciones que encierra Ã (C)sta pelÃcula, es lenta y plana.
Family ties, tradition and convenance are... still stronger than true love. Against the American hollywood stereotype. The movie shows how individuals feel safer in their own close- knitted communities, even not accepting the rules that govern them, they are not willing to risk this security, even for the price of happiness, forgetting that no choice will be perfect, or will remove hardships. Even happiness has tobe worked for.
Israeli Shahrukh Khan Lior Ashkenazi in an internal stuggle to please everyone, except for himslef.
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.
watches more like a stage play rather than a film. great acting just didn't like the main character enough to enjoy
Depressing and melodramatic at times, but it also has Ronit Elkabetz (actress of "The Bands Visit" and director of last years similarly underrated "Shiva") in short shorts: dangerously short really. The bedroom scenes had a great naturalism and sense of cinematic cleverness, but the struggle between traditional culture and "the heart", was a bit hammy. I didnt want to watch this at first but became sucked into the highly ritualized courtship our Steve Carrel looking lead is dragged into. Having already been introduced to almost 100 brides to be and still unmarried at 31, our hero's family thinks him a freak, a condition his life as a philosophy studennt going for his doctorate is no longer enough to buffer. Secretly he is seeing older woman and divorcee Elkabetz, which is a big no-no within his particular Georgian family. The family vs. the lover's confrontation scene is borderline ridiculous, even if it does make a warped emotional sense (and is not impossible), but it's another blemish on a film that has it's fair share. Still it is an engrossing melodrama with style, wit, and poise offering an Isreali variation and insight into the pains and joys of star-crossed love.
It suppose to be a realistic approach on telling a story about conservative marriage tradition. However, sometimes the story does not get that way. That makes the film somehow losing control.