A Thousand and One Wives
Director: Mihal Bat-Adam
Screenwriter: Mihal Bat-Adam
Cinematographer: Yoav Kosh
Cast: Rita Faruz, Yosef Polak, Nisim Azikri, Salim Dau
Les Films de L'Atalante
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...