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  • Actors: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Lili Koshashvili, Aya Steinovitz
  • Directors: Dover Koshashvili
  • Writers: Dover Koshashvili
  • Producers: Edgard Tenenbaum, Marek Rozenbaum, Udi Yerushalmy
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Georgian, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008H2NK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Late Marriage" on IMDb

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on April 4, 2005
Format: DVD
The thrill of watching international movies is to find a superb current release at your local first-run 'art house' cinema, lock on to a great star, then work backwards through that person's previous work. "Late Marriage" is the perfect example of how that movie-watching technique can unearth a hidden gem.

In this case, you can start with the oustanding Israeli film (in theaters now), "Walk on Water." You'll never see a better film. Its star, Lior Ashkenazi, is the hottest thing in Israel at the moment. His breakout, it turns out, was 2001's "Late Marriage." Shockingly, my local rental location (with its 150 - 200 international titles) had it in stock.

There's an unexpected treat in here: 'Marriage' also features (albeit too briefly) the charms of Aya Koren (billed here as Aya Steinovitz). This is the most beautiful woman in film today. See 'Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi' if you doubt that.

The film itself is very enlightening and, ultimately, heartbreaking. It centers on the struggles of a 31-year-old man looking for independence in life and love, yet hampered by the expectations and, subsequently, outright threats of his family when it comes to the matters of marriage. The ending of the film is a jawdropper. You'd never get this type of dispiriting - but hyper-realistic - conclusion in the "come lift us up where we belong" world of Hollywood.

Speaking of which, there are some annoying things to comment on about the marketing of this movie. A prominent blurb on the DVD cover box compares "Marriage" to "Big, Fat Greek Wedding."

Not on your life. Writer/Director Dover Koshashvili must have spit out his breakfast when he read that. These two films couldn't be more dissimilar in the way their respective culture conflicts get resolved.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BobWhite on March 7, 2015
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I watched this, it's not a bad film (interesting enough); but I've noticed a sad trend on Amazon Prime free streaming movies. The trend involves this movie, as well as several other foreign films. They are censored. According to IMDb, this movie is 102 minutes but here it is only 86 minutes...where's the missing 16 minutes Amazon?
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cecily on December 13, 2005
Format: DVD
One aspect of this excellent movie that hasn't really been mentioned here is the fact that Zaza's mother and father did in fact indicate to each other that they would accept Judith if they had to, without carrying out their threats to cut off their son. Zaza may love Judith, but he turns out to be the weak, dependent boy his parents think him to be, and he won't make a stand for the woman he loves. For all their name-calling and superior attitude toward Judith, she turns out to be too good for Zaza and his family. The movie doesn't have a sad ending if you see it in terms of Zaza getting what he really deserved and was capable of handling, and Judith remaining free to find a stronger and better man. She dodged a bullet!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "barbara_please" on November 4, 2003
Format: DVD
By far the best Israeli movie I've seen, Late Marriage explores the difficulties one 30-something intellectual has in individuating from his tradition-bound Georgian (as in former Soviet Union) family, who are recent immigrants to Israel. The movie, which is in Hebrew and Georgian, presents a much subtler and more convincing portrayal of the conflict between tradition and westernization, and of the more specific issue of arranged marriages, than the very popular "Monsoon Wedding." Unlike "Monsoon Wedding," this is primarily a dark film with a powerful evocation of the grip of a reactionary family on an attractive and ostensibly mature man.
The performances are uniformly terrific and there is a prolonged and explicit sex scene in the middle of the movie that is astonishing in its beauty and realism. The direction is unobtrusive and superb, with minimal camera movement and extremely long takes. Overall, "Late Marriage" doesn't really resemble most Israeli movies that I've seen - there's no reference whatsoever to the political situation, for example - and most closely resembles a quiet European art film from the 60s or 70s.
A must-have for collectors of serious cinema for grown-ups.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on February 23, 2003
Format: DVD
First of all, Bret Fetzer's review ...pretty well sums up my feelings about the movie. There's little I can add, except to ask, why don't American audiences appreciate sensitive films like "Late Marriage?" Are we so addicted to mindless fluff, senseless and gratuitous violence, and endless chase scenes that we can't appreciate stories that are true-to-life with characters involved in ordinary conflicts whose growth is revealed through literate dialogue? The answer, I believe, is obvious, based upon the popularity of TV "reality" shows. Reality??? I think not. "Late Marriage," however, IS reality. And, like real life, it doesn't offer us a tidy plot or satisfactory ending. Rather, the ending is open-ended, leaving us to wonder what will this marriage be like? Did Zaza really come to his senses, as his family believes, or will his marriage mirror those of his parents and other relatives? Is there happiness in his future, or will he go numbly through life making choices that meet with his family's approval? Frankly, I wanted a happy, "and they lived happily ever after" ending, but I'm grateful "Late Marriage" didn't go there. I would have felt short-changed, like I do after so many American films. PS. Yes, the sex scene is prolonged and erotic and very beautiful in its own way. If only American film makers would handle sex and sexuality with such grace. Wonderful film!
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