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Arranged (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 January 2009 (Brazil)
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ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Lister-Jones ... Rochel Meshenberg (as Zoe Lister Jones)
Francis Benhamou ... Nasira Khaldi
Mimi Lieber ... Sheli Meshenberg
John Rothman ... Matan Meshenberg
Sarah Lord Sarah Lord ... Naomi Meshenberg
Trevor Braun ... Avi Meshenberg
Doris Belack ... Elona
Laith Nakli ... Abdul-Halim Khaldi
Jason Liebman ... Gideon
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Principal Jacoby
Peggy Gormley ... Miriam
David Castro ... Eddie
Sanjit De Silva ... Jamil
Daniel London ... Elliot
Max Shulman Max Shulman ... Seth
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ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages. Written by Stefan Schaefer

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Taglines:

Friendship Has No Religion

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Alguém que Me Ame de Verdade See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,560, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$23,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,891
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Production Co:

Cicala Filmworks See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The film is loosely based on the experiences of Executive Producer Yuta Silverman, an Orthodox Jew who befriended a Pakistani Muslim woman through the public schools in Brooklyn. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Nasira is applying henna to Rochel's hands, Rochel realizes she is late to pick up her brother and picks up a white pillow with her freshly hennaed palm, but leaves no mark. See more »

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[first lines]
Teacher: We're forced to handle the challenges of ESL. Different cultural traditions, everything they enter the classroom with, serious family dysfunctions. Basically our schools, New York city schools, are one big experiment, one big laboratory in this exercise we call the American Experience. And we as teachers aren't equipped to deal with the task at hand. We're not, that's the sad truth. So, after lunch, I'll introduce some exercises designed to demonstrate what we all share, teachers ...
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Multi-layered heartwarming story
8 June 2007 | by envision3334See all my reviews

This is an engaging story that feels very real, and very important in our times when so many walls keep people from connecting with each other. It is so refreshing to have the bigger theme of cultural and religious differences treated with respect and interest, and with an absence of violence. The gradual and delicate building of the friendship between Rochel and Nasira is beautifully portrayed. And the film is funny! You don't have to be Jewish or Muslim to recognize the family dynamics, and you don't need to have attempted an "arranged" relationship to feel right into those first dates. The themes are familiar but never fall into cliché. The writing is crisp and the plot twists keep you wondering what's coming next. The two leads are excellently cast and balance each other without ever pushing for center stage. The directors had a firm sense of pacing -- they trust you to live into the often very beautiful images yourself. The film is permeated with respect -- for the story, for the viewers, for the creativity that clearly lived between the actors, and for the possibilities of real human meeting and understanding.


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