Four Daughters

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Four Daughters' unique approach to documenting real-life horror is a formal gamble that only underscores the bravery and resilience of its subjects.
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    Amy NicholsonWashington Post
    We see the power in tying together the fake and the real — the moment when method acting turns into method remembering.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    It's a kind of heartbreaking story of families being torn apart by hard-line religious dogma.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Admittedly during rehearsals some deeper biographical insights are gleaned, but they come at a cost to the film’s narrative and intellectual clarity.
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    Jonathan RomneyFinancial Times
    [Kaouther Ben Hania's] technique could have made for purely formal game-playing: instead, the artifice casts a sharp magnifying gaze on real family agony and, against the odds, occasional joy.
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    Linda HolmesNPR
    Four Daughters blends truth and fiction with rare transparency, and does it for a purpose. You won't see another film quite like it this year, or really any year.
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    Peter HowellToronto Star
    It frequently leaves us wondering how much of what we’re seeing is actual family history and how much of it is a manipulated or exaggerated version. The film is never less than riveting, wherever the truth lies.
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    Sarah VincentSarah G Vincent Views
    As Rahma and Ghofrane look for ways to rebel and embrace a morbid fundamentalism, Ben Hania’s film gradually transforms into a horror film, specifically demonic possession, but nothing supernatural is afoot. The only evil is a cycle of abuse
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    Jane FreeburyJane Freebury
    A docudrama with a lovely way of blending real-life participants with actors, but its story of two teenage girls who escaped a disturbing and abusive homelife with their mother, is less successful in offering broader insight into why women joined IS
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    Hope MaddenThe Screening Room Podcast
    A compelling, touching story of memory and generational trauma, it’s a heartbreaking roadmap to radicalization marked with a family’s despair.
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    Diego BatlleOtroscines.com
    It is not the first time that fictional reenactment has been employed in a documentary, but Kaouther Ben Hania takes it to very particular and contradictory levels in some scenes... in others, it is fascinating and moving. [Full review in Spanish]
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