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‘Four Daughters’ Cannes Review: A Tunisian Mother Loses Her Daughters To Wolves

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CANNES: Docudramas are inherently difficult to master. You’re attempting to meld real-life footage or people with actors and, often, fictionalized accounts that may substantially differ from the truth.

In the case of “Four Daughters,” director and screenwriter Kaouther Ben Hania has succeeded in mastering the genre but, notably, by the slimmest of margins.

It helps that her subject and source material are compelling enough to overcome the movie’s flaws. READ MORE: “The Zone of Interest” Review: Jonathan Glazer’s often brilliant examination of human complicity [Cannes] The follow-up to Ben Hania’s Oscar-nominated 2020 narrative film, “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” her latest endeavor begins with Olfa Hamrouni and her two twentysomething daughters, Eya Chikahoui and Tayssir Chikhaoui, waiting in a production office or maybe a makeup studio or, possibly, just a room (it’s never really clarified) somewhere in Tunis, Tunisia.

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