Zaza (Lior Louie Ashkenazi) is a 31-year-old student who is still single but his parents have been trying to marry him off for years. As the film opens they are trying to hook him up with a 17-year-old girl. He goes along with his parents little shenanigan but only in a halfhearted manner.
The reason is because Zaza is involved with Judith (Ronit Elkabetz), a 34-year-old divorcee. Together they have a secret relationship that they keep from everyone but themselves. Judith even tries to hide the relationship from her young daughter (named Madonna) – who pretends not to notice the relationship is going on. But eventually they are confronted with Zaza's intensely narrow-minded family who, in an absurdly appalling way, try to embarrass the two.
The film moves along at a slow but sure pace and it eventually becomes very engrossing. The film's centerpiece is a remarkable and long sex scene that is revealing on two levels: one is the sexual nature of the scene but also interesting is the way it points out how tough a time these two have in totally relaxing and committing to one another with tradition hanging over their heads.
As Late Marriage's drama unfolds it can leave a bitter taste in your mouth and make you question tradition in any – not just Jewish or Georgian – culture that keeps people from attaining any true independence or happiness.