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Three Mothers

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The Hakim sisters, Rose, Flora and Jasmine, were born in Alexandria in 1942. They are triplets. Their saga is one of powerful love and deadly deceit played out in three languages and across three generations. Their mother was a midwife to the court of King Farouk, last of the Egyptian monarchs. Jews became unwelcome and the family fled to Israel in 1958. Rose is a singer, passionate and vain, who is the first to become a mother. Her performances in French, Hebrew and Arabic at various ages provide a musical backdrop for the web of intrigue between characters who are both tender and vicious. Rose's daughter Rachel becomes entangled in their complex family history when Jasmine falls ill and confesses to a long-held secret. Filmmaker Dina Zvi-Riklis jumps back and forth between the present and earlier stages of the sisters' lives and weaves a suspenseful and poignant tale. THREE MOTHERS calls to question the meanings of blood ties and marital loyalties and independence and motherhood itself. Rose, the outspoken one, gets it right: We were much better sisters than we were mothers.

  • Year
    2006
  • Runtime
    106 minutes
  • Language
    Hebrew, English
  • Country
    Israel
  • Director
    Dina Zvi-Riklis
  • Producer
    Eran Riklis, Yifat Prestelnik