starring Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Lili Koshashvili
written and directed by Dover Koshashvili
by Travis Mackenzie Hoover For those who have tired of funny family squabbles with magical reconciliations, relief is on the way. The new Israeli film Late Marriage ("Hatuna Meuheret") takes the conventional pains of a hundred bad ethnic comedies and gives them added bite; instead of a traditional family causing "hilarious" havoc on their modernized progeny, we are given a nasty tug-of-war between a need to live one's life and a desire for familial approval. Because there are no easy outs in its bitter turf battle for clashing sets of values, the film is surprisingly tense, uncomfortable, and refreshing in its serious examination of a situation that movies normally trivialize.