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 »


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


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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


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Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

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Refreshening ethninc, a work of art
15 May 2003 | by iceman4149See all my reviews

Absolutely superb film, concise and to the point.

One of the things that I liked the most is how the writer/director, takes an obviously ethnic film and presents it in a way where people around the world can empathize even if they know nothing about the jewish culture or customs.

The emotional themes presented in this film are mostly universal, when it comes to marriage, in my opinion a lot of factors come into play no matter what culture you come from, and this film portrays in some ways how silly it all is.

If you don't mind the subtitles, is a great film, has great characters and a very interesting story line, although is very graphic at times (Steamy love scenes) be forewarned if you don't like to see nudity, is not your conventional hollywood soft porn b movie.

Enjoy the film with friends, it's one of those that makes you ask all the right questions.

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Georgian | Hebrew

Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casamento Arranjado See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,685, 19 May 2002

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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