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THREE MOTHERS

by Dina Zvi-Riklis

synopsis

Rose, Flora and Yasmin were born as a triplet sixty something years ago in Alexandria, Egypt. Their well-off parents gave them names of flowers, and King Farouk of Egypt gave them his blessing. Today, in Israel, they live together in an apartment without men and without children. Flora has just retired from her work as a midwife, Yasmin awaits a kidney transplant, and Rose, once a successful singer, is wrapped in silence since the death of her husband. One after the other, the three sisters come to "This is your life," a place where people recount their memoirs, in order to tell their life story to Rucha (Rachel), Rose's only daughter, and talk about their symbiotic relationship. They are also searching for the long lost son of one of them who was given away for adoption under mysterious circumstances. During this period their lives and that of Rucha will change dramatically. Hidden ghosts will slowly appear, forcing the three sisters to confront the secrets and lies, and seek forgiveness. At the end of the journey into the past, after they redeem themselves, the sisters will embark on a new journey, to Alexandria, where Yasmin will undergo her kidney transplant and Rucha, who regained her own memories, will be able to start a new life.

international title: Three Mothers
original title: Shalosh Ima'ot
country: Israel
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Dina Zvi-Riklis
film run: 106'
release date: FR 23/03/2007, HU 27/05/2007
screenplay: Alma Ganihar, Dina Zvi-Riklis
cast: Gila Almagor, Yehezkel Lazarov, Yoram Toledano
cinematography by: Shai Goldman
costumes designer: Rona Doron
producer: Yifat Prestelnik
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