Four Daughters

audience Reviews

, 86% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Fascinating story that you have unlikely seen before.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Uma história para mim muito surpreendente. Eu jamais imaginaria que esse tipo de coisa estivesse acontecendo. Adolescentes criadas com hábitos ocidentais rebelando-se e escolhendo uma vida ultraconservadora que as leva a crimes terríveis... Depois fui pesquisar e descobri que o aliciamento está ocorrendo no mundo inteiro. Esse documentário é um importante alerta para famílias de adolescentes.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Odd setup here with the mix of actors and the actual family, blending live interviews and reenactments. I'm not sure it works. It's a little meta, and on the plus side, in some ways it might actually help demonstrate some of the lived pain of the girls. There are some highly emotional scenes right from the get-go, and I definitely wasn't immune to sympathizing with what this family has gone through. But, was it just me or is this movie extraordinarily incriminating of the mom? She is pretty hard to like and seems easy to blame for contributing to her daughters' attraction to extremism, but regardless, it's not hard to connect with her pain and loss and regret. And maybe I'd connect even more with it all and have more understanding if I was a mother or a daughter. There definitely could be a big blind spot here for me in that regard. The mother-daughter dynamic happening in the midst of a lot of other poignant themes like abuse, religion, and conservatism. In the end, I thought there would be a bigger payoff, some bigger moments to finalize the story. And I think the material was there, but tone-wise it sort of builds to a plateau.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Really impressive, impactful documentary! Using actors for the two missing sisters and subbing in actors for additional scenes, the documentary allows Olfa and her daughters to explain their story through words and scenes. Worth watching! 4 stars
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    I only watched this movie because it was nominated for an Academy Award. The story was unbelievable, I saw a mother Olfa a bully as who someone wanted her two youngest daughters to actresses. The two older girls just wanted freedom from strict and abusive mother.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A most remarkable and moving film. The story of this family would be interesting enough, but the way the film has been structured is unlike anything I have seen before. Beautifully photographed, exquisitely acted and bravely re-lived. I was totally engrossed and it was a rare window into a world previously closed to me. That laughter, songs and joy can coexist with such trauma is a testament to the human spirit. Bravo to all involved in this production.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It is a moving portrait of a family in a world influenced by currents... The film has a form that is bold and online any other...
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    i thought it was boring and long and dreary- saw other Middle Eastern movies at the Palm Springs International Film Festival where it was also playing and found them all - Inshallah, a boy Bye bye Tiberias , Memories(?) all much more interesting
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Played out in a unique documentary style I have not seen before, this story develops in a way that fills in all the cracks and crevasses not normally explored. You will come away with a better understanding of what can drive people to do things that seem unimaginable to the average person. It can feel slow moving at times, but its pace is used to the story’s benefit, giving the viewer the time and ability to fully feel and comprehend the emotional twists and turns.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A must see for mothers, especially if they have daughters. A story that takes place between reality and reenactment, between historical records and memories, between takes and backstage talks. A story about ways to cope and overcome generational trauma. A story where the actors involved start by explaining that they have ways to be detached from the roles they play, but end by being so affected by them that they can't continue playing. A story that seemed to me so foreign, yet so close to home. You need to experience it to understand.