by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

“I do”… “I don’t”

A Late Marriage, an award-winning Israeli film set in the Georgian community of Tel Aviv, tells the funny and infuriating story of a family’s machinations to get their spoiled, 31-year-old son married to a suitable girl, which in their world means a young virgin. But when they discover he is instead having a hot love affair with Judith, a beautiful Moroccan divorcee who is—horrors!—34, and has a child, they take the matter into their own hands. When an aunt asks his mother if she would be against Judith without the kid, the mother, played by director Dover Kosashvili’s own mother, answers: “She could be made of gold. No divorcee under my root!” The blatant misogyny of the world depicted in this film may roil your gut, but it is well worth seeing for its perfectly calibrated depiction of a slice of Israeli society.

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