A Thousand and One Wives

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A Thousand and One Wives

 

by Mihal Bat-Adam

Israel

 

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Director: Mihal Bat-Adam

Screenwriter: Mihal Bat-Adam

Cinematographer: Yoav Kosh

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Cast: Rita Faruz, Yosef Polak, Nisim Azikri, Salim Dau

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Distribution: 
Les Films de L'Atalante


Year: 1989

35 mm, Colour, 90 min, OV with French Subtitles

In the Bukharim quarter, Jerusalem, during the 1920s, merchant Naftali Siman-Tov is a wealthy middle-aged widower, all of whose previous wives have died under mysterious circumstances. He fears getting married again due to believing that he is cursed. A local matchmaker, Arotchas with the help of some old ladies, pressures him to get married again nonetheless, and, eventually, he marries Flora, a naïve 24-year-old virgin. However, in order not to bestow his alleged curse upon her, he avoids all physical touch. Flora gets pregnant as a result of sleeping with a local textile salesman, Hamedian, and, Naftali, unable to bear the shame, becomes violent toward his young wife...

 
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