Four Daughters

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

Release Year: 2023
Running time: 107
Country: France, Tunisia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus
Language: Arabic and French with English subtitles, English
Genres: Documentary
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Directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania

This riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood reconstructs the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, unpacking a complex family history through intimate interviews and performance to examine how the Tunisian woman’s two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists. Casting professional actresses as the missing daughters, along with acclaimed Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabri as Olfa, award-winning director Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin) restages pivotal moments in the family’s life. These scenes are interwoven with confessions and reflections from Olfa and her younger daughters, offering the women agency to tell their own story and capturing moments of joy, loss, violence, and heartache. Winner of four prizes including L’Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary) when it screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Four Daughters is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that explores the nature of memory, the weight of inherited trauma, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.


“A revelatory, poignant blend of drama, memory, and self-scrutiny."

Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Formally daring, emotionally gripping…a heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance.”

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“A vehicle for Huppert’s talents…she commands your attention with feverish focus and urgency"

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“An enthralling narrative about memory, motherhood and the inherited traumas of a patriarchal society."

Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

  “An admirable film. And through it all, Huppert still finds subtle ways to disappear into and elevate the narrative.”

Ethan Vestby, The Film Stage

"A daring and emotional act of cinematic… healing. Cathartic, affecting and original."

Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

“A fascinating, gripping watch. A rare and deeply penetrating film.”

Farah Cheded, Paste Magazine

“Genuinely hard to forget. It will linger with you for days afterward.”

Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

“A distinctive, daring and original work.”

Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Takes us into the intimate, inner circle of family ties to tell a larger story of our time.”

Sharon Waxman, The Wrap

“Utterly transfixing …an exhilarating confrontation between truth and performance.”

Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

“Compelling, ambitious … a therapeutic exercise, and a commentary on the filmmaking process itself.”

Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Shows the intrinsic complexity of human behavior, the stark truths of living within complex realities, and the glimmer of hope that circles of trauma can be overcome by new generations”

Jason Gorber, POV Magazine

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