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 Israel’s 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 and invites us to contemplate our own.
- Title: The Seven Days
- Director: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
- Country: France / Israel
- Year: 2008
- Running Time: 103 min.
- Genre: Feature Film
- Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Albert Iluz, Yaël Abecassis, Hana Laszlo, Moshe Ivgy
- 2008 Won Award of the Israeli Film Academy for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress 2008
- Jerusalem Film Festival- Best Actress and Wolgin Award