"A Film by Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
( Israel, 2008, 103 Minutes, Color, Hebrew/ French/ Moroccan, English subtitles
Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Albert Iluz, YaŽl Abecassis, Hana Laszlo, Moshe Ivgy
In this emotional rollercoaster, acclaimed Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz (The Bandís Visit) teams up with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz
to direct a fascinating portrait of a Moroccan family as they gather to mourn the sudden death of their brother.
It is 1991 in the midst of the first Gulf War and Israel is under daily missile attacks.
But in the Ohayon family, tragedy has hit in more mundane circumstances as beloved Maurice, one of nine brothers and sisters, has suddenly died.
The family gathers for the traditional seven days of mourning (shiva) in which they are not allowed to leave the house.
The intensity of this situation is a catalyst for more than just emotional support and communal grief.
Jealousy, gossip, long term rivalry and financial problems come to the fore, as each of the siblings is faced with his frustrated ambitions.
Boasting an impressive cast of some of Israelís best actors including Elkabetz herself, Keren Mor, Yael Abecassis, Hana Azoulay-Safrari,
Hanna Laszlo, Moshe Ivgy and Alon Abutbul, The Seven Days conveys the complexity of family life in a way that cannot but invite us to contemplate our own"