In this Oscar-nominated film, memories, sisterhood, and radicalization in a Tunisian family are explored. Through its creative play with the documentary form, FOUR DAUGHTERS is one of the best films of the year.
In 2016, Tunisian Olfa Hamrouni became internationally known when she spoke about the radicalization of two of her teenage daughters, both of whom left Tunisia to fight for The Islamic State in Libya. Olfa strongly criticized the Tunisian government for failing to prevent her daughters from leaving the country.
In Four Daughters, the story of matriarch Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters is retold. The complex family history unfolds through interviews and dramatizations, and the film seeks to understand why the two oldest daughters were radicalized. Actors in the roles of Olfa and the two oldest daughters, along with the family, help recreate moments from the family's real life, filled with both joy and sorrow.
The film premiered in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received several awards, including the prize for Best Documentary Film.
«This is a heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance. And to the end, it remains steadfast in its conviction that a woman’s truth and her beauty are never at odds.»
– Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times –
Kaouther Ben Hania (b. 1977) studied film in Tunisia and in Paris at La Fémis and the Sorbonne. Her film Beauty and the Dogs was Tunisia's candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards and was screened at Arab Film Days in 2018. She also directed The Man Who Sold His Skin, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and was nominated for an Oscar the following year. Her most recent film, Four Daughters, had its premiere in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Original title بنات ألفة (Les filles d'Olfa)
Country Tunisia, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Cyprus
Director Kaouther Ben Hania
Screenplay Kaouther Ben Hania
Cinematography Farouk Laâridh
Producer Nadim Cheikhrouha, Martin Hampel, Thanassis Karathanos
Cast Hend Sabri, Olfa Hamrouni, Eya Chikhaoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui, Nour Karoui, Ichraq Matar, Majd Mastoura
Production Company Tanit Films, Cinétéléfilms, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH
Runtime 1h 47m
Language Arabic, French
Age limit 12