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.
Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis
Producers: Eran Riklis & Yifat Prestelnik
Supported by the Israel Film Fund, YES TV, The Second Authority for TV and Radio, Globus Group
Written by: Alma Ganihar & Dina Zvi-Riklis
Based on a story by Dina Zvi-Riklis
Director of Photography: Shai Goldman
Editor: Tova Ascher
Original Music: Shmulik Noifeld with Ori Zakh
Original Language: Hebrew, Arabic and French
|"The direction, camerawork, production design, costumes and locals bring alive the period of 1950s and 1960s. The songs enacted by Rose could not have been better. Acting is grade 1. The film is perhaps one of the best, if not the best production at the festival. It's a pity, they don't make such films very often." (Ramnayh Pai Raikar International Indian Film Festival)
"Three Mothers by Dina Zvi Riklis, triplets sisters are born in Aiexandria in 1942. Their saga is one of powerful love and deceit played out in three languages and across three generations" (Hamptons Daily East)