After seeing Foxtrot and loving it at Burns Court last week, I sought out an older film starring Lior Ashkenazi with whom I am now obsessed. In a good way of course, but perhaps in a negative sense as he makes me miss both an emotionally abusive social worker (holy oxymoron) I dated and my other Jewish five year once a week boyfriend. Oh well, what are you gonna do? In an odd coincidence, I just started a play reading class at the Temple Beth Shalom. Suffice to say, I’d definitely be willing to convert if it brought back the latter of the two relationships previously mentioned (it’ll never happen since I haven’t heard from said person since the Trump election, no connection other than the date, although perhaps he thought Trump’s slogan was “Make America Date Again”, hardy har har har). But I digressed before I even began! My apologies.
Late Marriage from 2001 was directed by Dover Koshashvili an dis a fun film for both sexes. The basic premise is a Jewish man in his 30’s is causing his family anxiety by not getting married. His relationship with a divorcee does not sit well with his fundamentalist family, and hence, conflict ensues.
But it’s a fun conflict in that the film is written sardonically with terrific sex scenes and great chemistry between Ashkenazi and the hot divorcee (great actress Ronit Elkabetz). Interesting twists forbid me to reveal any more, but suffice to say that the snappy dialogue and interesting narrative (also written by the director) are well worth seeking out at your local library or Netflix.