Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be ... See full summary »

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Dover Koshashvili
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lior Ashkenazi ... Zaza (as Lior Louie Ashkenazi)
Ronit Elkabetz ... Judith
Moni Moshonov ... Yasha
Lili Koshashvili Lili Koshashvili ... Lili
Aya Steinovitz ... Ilana
Rozina Cambos ... Magouly (as Rozina Cambus)
Simon Chen Simon Chen ... Simon
Sapir Kugman Sapir Kugman ... Madona
Dina Doron ... Luba
Leonid Kanevskiy ... Otary
Libia Hakmon Libia Hakmon ... Margalita (as Libia Hakmon-Ayali)
Eli Turi Eli Turi ... Bessik
Maria Ovanov Maria Ovanov ... Lali
Orit Sher ... (as Orit Buchnik Sher)
Rivka Gur
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Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be beautiful and from a good family, preferably rich. Zaza's parents, Yasha and Lily drag Zaza to meet potential brides and their families. Zaza has no choice. He plays along with his family, advocates of the suffocating traditions of their Georgian Jewish heritage. But Zaza always manages to somehow get out of being engaged. What his parents don't know is that Zaza is already in love. Judith is sensuous, strong and intriguing. She's also a divorcée with a 6-year-old daughter. So Zaza has kept Judith a secret from his family. He will have to choose between respect of the strict confines of family and tradition, or the love of his life. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes, love doesn't conquer all.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Moni Moshonov studied Jewish Georgian for the movie. See more »

Quotes

Magouly: Dear God, how could you create so many fools?
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Referenced in Blind Date (2003) See more »

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marvelous movie, not matriarchal
16 July 2002 | by hillbaSee all my reviews

While I absolutely loved the movie and found it to be both funny and bittersweet, I write here to differ with other displayed comments. The part of the conservative Georgian community shown in this Israeli movie is most certainly NOT matriarchal. The problems that the male protagonist experiences are NOT due to women controlling the society. The reason his family doesn't want to allow him to be with the woman he loves is because it is a *patriarchal* society, where an older, divorced woman with a child -- no matter how loving, intelligent and beautiful -- is viewed through a sexist lens as damaged goods.

Anyone who watches the early scenes where a 17-year-old girl is trotted out as goods for matchmaking purposes and the two male heads of the family control the proceedings, should realize that this is a patriarchal society. Don't be misled by the fact that the professional matchmaker is a woman and that the hero's mother is a firm believer in sexist customs; if some women didn't hold sexist beliefs, sexism wouldn't exist. Note that the 17 year-old's mother is a widow, but her uncle controls the matchmaking decisions instead of her mother. The male protagonist is harmed by *patriarchal* customs, make no mistake. These customs harm both women and men.


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Country:

Israel | France

Language:

Georgian | Hebrew

Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casamento Arranjado See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,685, 19 May 2002

Gross USA:

$1,656,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,868,298
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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