Zahira, 18, is close to her family until her parents ask her to follow Pakistani tradition to choose a husband. Torn between family customs and her western lifestyle, the young woman turns for help to her brother and confidant Amir.



2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chez nous (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An engaged but a-polical nurse gets involved in a far right political party. Based on numerous recent events in France it actually is about how Front National operates and how it is perceived by the french.

Director: Lucas Belvaux
Stars: Émilie Dequenne, André Dussollier, Guillaume Gouix
Home XVI (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The struggle between two generations and its thin line between trust, friendship and betrayal.

Director: Fien Troch
Stars: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Jan Hammenecker
Double Play I (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set during a time of colonial unrest on the island of Curacao, a group of men play a marathon game of dominoes while discussing a variety of issues.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Melanie Liburd, La La Anthony, Bronson Pinchot
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Giulia meets Libero, she discovers there may be another destiny awaiting her, as they embark on an intense period together. A choice that leads to Giulia being completely cut off from the Jehovah's Witness world she belongs to.

Director: Marco Danieli
Stars: Sara Serraiocco, Michele Riondino, Eva Allenbach
Måste gitt (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Respected suburb guy in Stockholm who lives in criminality but want to be an actor. By coincidence he dropped his diary and was found by Lena Endre who thinks its great and want to publish it...

Director: Ivica Zubak
Stars: Lena Endre, Madeleine Martin, Shebly Niavarani
Orpheline (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young woman who moves to Paris with a disaster past. When she become a woman and think she's finally free from her past's shadows, some characters show up and she gets the chance to become an unique heroine.

Director: Arnaud des Pallières
Stars: Adèle Haenel, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Solène Rigot
Slava (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A reclusive railway worker in Bulgaria finds millions in cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When Julia Staikova, the PR executive for the Transport Ministry, ... See full summary »

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Stars: Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva, Ana Bratoeva
The Man (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Simon is the king of the Danish art scene - eccentric, successful, wealthy, with a beautiful wife and a young mistress. Life is beautiful, until the day his unknown son Casper turns up and ... See full summary »

Director: Charlotte Sieling
Stars: Jakob Oftebro, Søren Malling, Ane Dahl Torp
Sameblod (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930's and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve ... See full summary »

Director: Amanda Kernell
Stars: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fatima, a strong-minded woman, is the lead masseuse of a hammam in Algiers. This is 1995 and the situation is tense in the capital. The day ahead promises to be hectic for all, and for ... See full summary »

Director: Rayhana Obermeyer
Stars: Hiam Abbass, Fadila Belkebla, Nadia Kaci
Django (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story of Django Reinhardt, famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943.

Director: Etienne Comar
Stars: Reda Kateb, Cécile De France, Bea Palya
Corporate I (2017)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Emilie, one of the Human Resources Managers at the Esen multinational, has recently been chosen by her superior Stéphane Froncart for her elegant ruthlessness. She indeed has the ability to... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Silhol
Stars: Céline Sallette, Lambert Wilson, Stéphane De Groodt


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lina El Arabi ...
Zahira Kazim
Sébastien Houbani ...
Amir Kazim
Mansoor Kazim
Yelda Kazim (as Neena Kulkarni)
Zacharie Chasseriaud ...
Hina Kazim
Rania Mellouli ...
Amara Kazim
Harmandeep Palminder ...
Bilel Ghommidh ...
Qari Ikram Nabi Kailany ...
Hervé Sogne ...
Le préfet
Édith Le Merdy ...
L'assistante médicale


Zahira, 18, is close to her family until her parents ask her to follow Pakistani tradition to choose a husband. Torn between family customs and her western lifestyle, the young woman turns for help to her brother and confidant Amir.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 February 2017 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Wedding  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Arranged marriage as per Pakistani traditions taking unexpected turns within a reasonably integrated family living in France
11 July 2017 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Seen at the Movies That Matter (what is in a name?) film festival in The Hague in March 2017. Perfectly written script with ample interesting and unexpected dramatic developments, keeping your attention for the whole duration. The synopsis on the festival website described the premise perfectly: "She has a good relationship with her Pakistani parents until they decide to marry her off to an unknown man. An unwanted pregnancy forces her to make a difficult decision". An extra interesting element is the lenience of her parents towards Western customs, allowing her to choose freely between three marriage candidates via Skype sessions. We even witnessed sort of a marriage ceremony over Skype. Very commendable but that is as far as it goes with adapting to our culture. Choosing a local boyfriend for marriage is not negotiable; however, he must be someone from Pakistan to follow-up on ancient traditions.

Upfront, this movie has all appearances of a traditional fairy-tale-like story, predictably starting with lots of tears, via heavy discussions and threatening to flee away from home, getting permission eventually to marry a local boy albeit reluctantly, thereby ending with everyone living happily ever after. Luckily, this is certainly NOT what this movie intends to show. Several unforeseen turns of events make this story very different, and it keeps your attention throughout. We see Zahira continuously torn between her family and her European environment. Her dilemmas are shown perfectly, and also her inclination to go along with her parents until a certain point. But it is still not enough as far as her parents are concerned.

One extra plot line comes from Zahira's sister, who has complied with ancient traditions, and repeatedly says that she is very happy about it, after all. Sister's quote: "Of course, this is unjust. But they are men, and we are women". A second, even more important plot line comes from her brother, who supports her in many ways and often acts as an intermediary or adviser, but he still insists on following her parent's wishes in the end. Apart from these two co-protagonists, a special mention for the parents is in order, as they act believable in their desire to uphold Pakistani's traditions. It may seem strange in our eyes, having lived in Europa already for many years and running their business amidst people of many cultures. Of all people, they should be aware that their tradition is not the only one.

All in all, although the plot line seems to go along the downtrodden path that the parents eventually give in, after lots of tears and threatening to leave home, this story however will head in a very different direction. The parents seem very flexible at first, yet maintain their persistence that ancient traditions are to be followed. Despite many unexpected turns of events, the movie is very compact overall by condensing all this in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: