And that's a genre we don't see too often anymore: romantic drama. Today's cinematic romances are usually steeped in light comedy (even decent ones like Definitely, Maybe) or predictable form posing as drama. But Two Lovers is hardcore drama, with desire at its center. Or more accurately, two desires.
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Welcome to the world of arranged marriages, as shown in director/writer's Dover Kosashvilli's compelling debut film, Late Marriage. A man in the middle of countless matrimonial negotiations, Zaza (Lior Loui Ashkenazi), is a 31-year-old doctorate Russian born student who can't settle on any woman despite the help of his relatives. That's because he's seeing (and supporting with his parents' money) an attractive, slightly older single mother, Judith (Ronit Elkabetz).
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.