Marry Me: variation on a wedding comedy
by Aurore Engelen
- The second film by Kadir Balci tackles the issue of multiculturalism via that most classic of vehicles: a wedding comedy
Today sees the release of the second film by Kadir Balci, Marry Me (Trouw met mij) [+see also:
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With Marry Me, Balci remains firmly within the romantic, family register, but adapts the formula to reflect a more comedic mood. The wedding film is a classic cinematic vehicle, and Marry Me relies upon a tried-and-tested comic springboard: the wedding as a true family affair. When Jurgen plans to marry Sibel, and vice versa, he is about to wed so much more than just his beloved: he will be tying the knot with a whole family, a culture, a completely different universe. The wedding serves as the trigger for a comedy about multiculturalism, completely blowing the lid off the cultural divide that can sometimes exist between the Turkish and Flemish families of the two young lovebirds.
Balci has entrusted the lead roles to two newcomers: young actor Dries de Sutter and fledgling performer Sirin Zahed, a hairdresser in real life. The movie was co-written by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, who has such titles as Moscow, Belgium [+see also:
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film profile] to his credit, and who was also in charge of the production, with his outfit A Private View. The film, which was co-produced by Man’s Film on the French-speaking side, received backing from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. It is distributed by Paradiso Film Entertainment.
(Translated from French)