When Rochel and Nasira — an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim, respectively — meet as new teachers at a Brooklyn school, co-workers and students expect friction. But the women discover they have a shared expectation of entering into arranged marriages.
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the kind of movie that you must watch once every while, because it is like an exercise in humanity, by refreshing your mind about what matters. a beautifully made, heartful film about the intersection between belief and love. life, like love, is having the choice to decide what is right for oneself.
Proving that cinema is humanism, 'Arranged' achieves a lot with very little. A noticeably small budget, production values apart from what classifies as so much of middle-class "indie" nowadays (economic not representation sense). But in its insistence on authentic character and dignity for voices often ignored in cinema, the result is genuinely transporting and moving. The lightness conveys an honesty that defies $$
"It is a delight to see a film that celebrates the integrity and zeal of two deeply religious women as they question tradition but in the end discover they can support it as a path with meaning." - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice. 3.5 stars
It was very good to see a sincere friendship of a Jewish girl and a Muslim girl freed from all kinds of prejudices. Also, the directors' approach to the traditions of these people is so sincere and humanistic. In addition, the portrayal of the elder teacher supervising them is so realistic.
The process is much better than the overly tidy ending. And the film feels like it needs some kind of turn to rupture the conventions that play out. But like so many good films, this one takes place in the eyes, and the subtle, endearing qualities of both lead actors carry the film and make it a success. An easy film to recommend.