Arranged

Arranged

DVD - 2008
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Two first year teachers at a Brooklyn public school come from very different backgrounds, but have much in common. Rochel is Jewish-Orthodox and Nasira is Muslim - each are going through arranged marriages. This film surveys their developing friendship.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA ARR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Sanrin
Jan 04, 2015

Beautifully acted and a warm film that addresses the complexities of faith, family, and culture. It is wonderful to see a film about female friendship in which the two friends are not competing for the same man, but instead try to support each other. There are gestures at the tensions between Muslims and Jews, but nothing is addressed in depth.
Both women are intelligent, humorous, and independent. There is tension with their parents over the process of arranged marriage, but beneath it is a deep love across the generations. There weren't any "bad guys" in the film, just different perspectives, different interests. The school principal was unfortunately given the weight of being a judgmental and oddly intolerant voice, even to the point of giving Rochel & Nasira money to go shopping to buy less conservative clothes. What's up with that??? A jarring note in an otherwise good movie.
One scene that struck me was when Rochel felt so frustrated that she left the house, but then wandered around, not knowing where to go.

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movie20
Jul 26, 2014

Very good movie. Well acted.

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lalalady
Feb 14, 2013

This was a beautiful, funny, touching and softly educational movie, a very accessible look into traditional families and differing cultures. The acting is excellent.

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re_discover
Jan 28, 2013

A touching film. My only critique is that the ending was very fairy tale. Relationships don't always work out in real life. They are difficult: they have their ups and downs.

sablegirl Nov 18, 2012

Another movie I picked up on the off chance it might be good. I'm truly glad I did because I really enjoyed it. This is a story about two young women; one was Jewish and the other was Muslem. Both of their cultures advocated arranged marriages and the movie tells about the trials and tribulations each goes through. I highly recommend this movie for its content and well as the message it sends that we should all be a little more respectful of each other. You won't be disappointed.

crankylibrarian Oct 21, 2012

As other comments have noted this is a lovely movie that respects the traditions of both cultures, and presents the two heroines as intelligent, loyal and independent minded. My only complaint is that the "outside world " isn't given much of a hearing; the only advocates for the Western lifestyle are a bigoted, arrogant school principal, and various sex crazed, alcohol abusing 20 year olds. Yet despite coming down firmly on the side of tradition, the film doesn't shrink from the less appealing aspects of an insular community life: both families are suspicious of the other religion, and the Jewish girl is saved from either ostracism or an unhappy marriage only due to the persistence and cleverness of her Muslim friend.

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lebbook
Sep 18, 2012

Beautiful movie- great message.

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dprodrig
Nov 07, 2011

A simple movie about a complex and little understood topic: The arranged marriage. To add more spice to the story, two women of opposing faiths connect over the similar experiences once they are asked by students whether they hate each other. Of course, there's the quaint plot tactic where the friend interferes to make everything turn out okay, which gives it a a TV movie of the week vibe.

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CalicoJack
Oct 15, 2011

I derived a surprising amount of human interest from this overly optimistic but often likeable film about the friendship that develops between two contemporary young brides in Brooklyn, both on the verge of arranged marriages, one an Orthodox Jew and the other a conservative Muslim. The film succeeded in making both women's cultures more accessible than they have sometimes seemed in the past to an outsider like me.

http://calicojack1.blogspot.com/2011/10/arranged-dvd-2007.html

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ssmerlin
Oct 11, 2011

Fantastic. Absolutely loved the movie. Great story and pleasantly comical too.

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Jun 12, 2011

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