Late Marriage

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This romantic comedy gets a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. Late Marriage has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in Georgian and Hebrew, with optional English-language subtitles. The film's original theatrical trailer has been included as a bonus.
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This romantic comedy gets a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. Late Marriage has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in Georgian and Hebrew, with optional English-language subtitles. The film's original theatrical trailer has been included as a bonus.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Scene selections
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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
From its opening moments, Dover Kosashvili's Late Marriage treads a fine and dangerous line. Kosashvili apparently has no fear of leaving the audience asking, "Is this supposed to be funny?" Of course, the same can be said for Amerindie darlings Neil LaBute and Todd Solondz, and while Late Marriage occasionally inspires the same queasy feelings as their work, Kosashvili is, in the end, a more honest filmmaker. He gets right into the world of these characters. He doesn't allow himself or the audience the luxury of simply looking down on them and feeling superior. Zaza (Lior Louie Ashkenazi) is intelligent, handsome, and charming, so Judith's (Ronit Elkabetz) attraction to him is believable. He has a sense of humor about his predicament. But he's also lazy, cynical, spoiled, self-involved, and infuriatingly passive. Kosashvili presents the film's eroticism as matter-of-factly as he does its family drama. But from Zaza's flirtation with a precocious 17-year-old to his passionate assignations with Judith, Kosashvili doesn't shy away from the seaminess of Zaza's romantic life. In the end, even the graphic sex scenes are infused with the feeling of ugliness that permeates the film. This feeling reaches its peak in the pivotal scene where Zaza's meddling family confronts Judith, and in the final wedding scene. The film can be seen as a dark comedy, but it's a challenging work that may not generate much laughter. Late Marriage throws the viewer off balance, looking blankly at a society ruled by misogynistic and inhumane traditions, and thus leaving the audience to make its own judgments, about both the behavior depicted and the filmmaker's intentions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 717119874346
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: New Yorker Video
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Language: Georgian
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lior Ashkenazi Zaza
Ronit Elkabetz Judith
Moni Moshonov Yasha
Lili Kosashvili Lili
Sapir Kugman Madonna
Dina Doron
Leonid Kanevsky Otar
Aya Steinovits Laor Ilana
Technical Credits
Dover Kosashvili Director, Screenwriter
Joseph Bardanashvili Score Composer
Marek Rozenbaum Producer
Edgar Tenembaum Producer
Nathalie Vidal Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Love Charm [:20]
2. Ilana [7:01]
3. In or Out? [24:33]
4. Gravity [3:32]
5. Where's Dooby? [11:41]
6. That's Her! [8:15]
7. He'll Never Be Yours [4:05]
8. I Didn't Know [11:04]
9. A Disgrace [5:10]
10. A Very Good Woman [5:01]
11. You Should Be Proud [4:50]
12. The Wedding [2:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I could imagine that this has happen to A LOT of people.

    I have no idea as to why others would compare this film to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Monsoon Wedding.” It doesn’t even come close to this film. “Late Marriage” may appear as an ethnic comedy at first but the film gradually grows to a melancholic drama, focusing on the main problem of the new generation of Georgian individuals - the dualism between their traditions and between their desires to join the modern society. Zaza (Lior Ashkenzai), who reflects this problem well, is an educated PhD. and yet, he finds it hard to fulfill his desires to marry a girl which is not from his Georgian tribe, for he knows the complications to come, and knows that he will fail in coping with them. This movie doesn't seem like it should be that fantastic, as the tradition-versus-modernity relationship topic is well-trodden in foreign films to say the least, but I absolutely couldn't take my eyes off of this story. Zaza's parents steals most of the scenes in this film, both comically and tragically as a couple unable to fully confront the re-opening of their own relationship scars caused by witnessing their son's own struggle. The little girl playing Madonna is an excellent actress playing a child caught in an adult vortex she can neither fully understand nor escape. Meanwhile Lior Askenazi fills out his role rather nicely as the entangled groom-to-be, whose only escape from his unsolvable dilemma is to sink as deeply as possible into his aloof, impulsive persona. You can also see that he refuse to give up his long-term passionate affair with Judith (Ronit Elkabetz). In the middle of this there is a long scene of graphic sexual involvement between them, giving the impression of really making love and being in love complete with multiple orgasms and concern about contraception. Some viewers simply didn't identify with Zaza or found him too "simple" in this story. What could be more complex than someone who lets what he loves be taken away from him? He unlocks the door to his lover's building so that his parents can come up and destroy his relationship. This is all too real, all too human. I find the ending ingenious. Instead of a normal, fantastic movie ending, we are hit with realism. Other than that it’s an enjoyable film to watch.

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