(aka 'Hatuna Meuheret' or 'Late Marriage')


directed by Dover Koshashvili
Israel / France 2001


'This film opens a cultural window on arranged marriages, parental respect, choices and acquiescence. Zaza is a 31-year old doctoral student, enjoying his bachelorhood. He appears as a womanizer although we only see his exploits with one girl, a slightly older, divorced mother of one. Zaza's parents vehemently disapprove because of her divorced status and they continually attempt "arranged" courtships with members of their community. They adhere to ritualistic family get-togethers where both sides of the family, as well as the potential newlyweds, meet. In this particular battle parental respect wins out over independence and Zaza leaves his present lover to wed a seemingly unknown female. This is the moral dilemma of the story shown equally in both lights. the story is very unchallenging, but its frankness are compelling. It contained realism akin to Eric Rohmer, but certain moments dragged with no link to the overall storyline. I enjoyed it as a refreshing alternative film, especially having never seen an Israel production before. My favorite aspect was the Maternal battle with Zaza's mother and his lover. They both come to respect each other and accept the course of events knowing what it is like to want the best for their child. I give it  out of .'

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: May 17th, 2001 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:37:54
Video 1.66:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Georgian / Hebrew  (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None
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Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic widescreen- 1.66:1

DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Chapters: 12

Edition Details:

Non-anamorphic widescreen trailer.


Although a little soft, the transfer is anamorphic and quite adequate. It reminded me other  decent Ny'er releases. I didn't notice any "ghosting" and the colors and sharpness appeared to be of a substantial transfer quality. The original sound is offered and removable English subs. Other than a non-anamorphic widescreen trailer the disc is bare bones. The subs are quite clear and defined, but I can't comment on their accuracy of translation. Thanks to New Yorker for bringing this acclaimed film to DVD where other companies may not have given the effort.  out of .      Gary W. Tooze

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