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Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears

Departing delightfully from the usual solemn tone for docus about arranged marriage, "Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears" takes a humorous and deeply personal look at the experience of two London-based girls of Bangladeshi extraction whom their family tries to marry off. Pic is likely to elicit tears of laughter more than sadness, but its low budget and short length will limit its exposure to fests and TV airplay.

With:
With: Shahanara Begum, Hushnara Begum, Simon Chambers.

Departing delightfully from the usual solemn tone for docus about arranged marriage, “Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears” takes a humorous and deeply personal look at the experience of two London-based girls of Bangladeshi extraction whom their family tries to marry off. Helmer Simon Chambers, making his feature debut after several docu shorts, lets himself be a character in the story, but the effect is pleasantly spontaneous and honest rather than self-indulgent. Pic is likely to elicit tears of laughter more than sadness, but its low budget and short length will limit its exposure to fests and TV airplay.

Shahanara Begum swears like a sailor and wears skimpy Western clothing. She couldn’t be more different from her sister Hushnara, who obeys her father and bossy older sister. All the same, Shahanara submits to an arranged match, but leaves her husband behind in Asia; later, she agrees to live with him in England, only to run off with another man. Chambers and the family follow Hushnara overseas for a big fat Bangladeshi wedding, but at the last minute, she gets cold feet. Tech package looks fine given obviously minuscule budget.

Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears

U.K.

Production: A Simon Chambers production. (International sales: Films Transit, Montreal.) Produced, directed, written by Simon Chambers.

Crew: Camera (color, HD, DigiBeta projection), Chambers; editor, Emiliano Battista; music, Rabindranath Tagore. Reviewed at Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (First Appearance), Nov. 25, 2006. (Also in Sheffield Documentary Film Festival.) English, Bengali dialogue. Running time: 62 MIN.

With: With: Shahanara Begum, Hushnara Begum, Simon Chambers.

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