A Tale of Three Sisters / Kız Kardeşler
Dir : Emin Alper / 107 mins / “Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Greece” / Turkish / 2019
A TALE OF THREE SISTERS tells the story of three sisters from a poor village in Central Anatolia. The girls were adopted by affluent families as foster children (in Turkish ‘besleme’) in the hope of improving their lives. However, all three are forced to return to the village due to unforseen circumstances.
When Reyhan returns home pregnant, her father Şevket hastily marries her off to the poor village shepherd Veysel, who is being treated with contempt not only in the village, but also in Şevket’s home. Havva comes back after the sad but inevitable death of her foster-brother, who has been fighting a terminal illness. A few days after Havva’s return, Nurhan is brought back to
the village by her foster-father Necati. For the first time in years, Reyhan, Havva and Nurhan are reunited.
Şevket’s greatest challenge is to persuade Necati to take Havva as ‘besleme’ into his home following Nurhan’s departure. With the help of the village mayor, he puts pressure on Necati. Veysel, who also has an agenda to leave as he despises being a shepherd, asks Necati for a job that will take him out of the village.
As the three sisters negotiate their new yet familiar surroundings and relationships, Şevket, Necati and Veysel gather around a dinner table, all of which results in a series of unexpected clashes.