Arranged (2007)

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ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages. Written by Stefan Schaefer

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9 January 2009 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Alguém que Me Ame de Verdade  »

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$120,000 (estimated)

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$5,560 (USA) (14 December 2007)


$16,506 (USA) (28 December 2007)

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The film was shot in 17 days, during a heat wave where temps in New York hit 115 degrees. See more »


Rochel's mother is wearing a bright red dress when her second date arrives at her house. A fervently Orthodox woman would not wear such a dress, as there is a tradition going back thousands of years for Jewish women not to wear red (usually bright red) clothing which is kept by many communities. See more »


[first lines]
Teacher: We're forced to handle the challenges of ESL. Different cultural traditions, everything they enter the classroom with, serious family dysfunctions. Basically our schools, New York city schools, are one big experiment, one big laboratory in this exercise we call the American Experience. And we as teachers aren't equipped to deal with the task at hand. We're not, that's the sad truth. So, after lunch, I'll introduce some exercises designed to demonstrate what we all share, teachers ...
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Better Romantic Comedy Than Most
5 January 2008 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful and thoughtful comedy.

Two supposedly diametrically opposed worlds meet in Rochel (Zoe Lister-Jones) an orthodox Jew and Nasira (Francis Benhamou) a Muslim.

Both woman are teachers who find that as they both have to find their husbands through the arranged marriage process they have more in common with each other than the secular world.

The delight is that is is a pretty straight-up great romantic comedy - Rochel keeps being set up with the wrong guys, Nasira gets the embarrassing dinner etc; of course, the road to true love is not smooth...

It really is very funny, witty - and well acted, especially Francis Benhamou as Nasira, who is stunning and positively lights up the screen with her smile.

Just a lovely film that deserves all the play it can get, and definitely deserves to be seen by anyone who loves romantic comedies.

Warmly recommended.

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