After outgrowing the orphanage she has known her whole life, Badia (Maria Zreik) moves in with her three unmarried aunts: Violet (Ula Tabari), Antoinette (Cherien Dabis), and Juliette (Nisreen Faour). Seemingly trapped in time, the three Christian sisters behave as if their aristocratic social status still matters, despite the many changes that have come to Ramallah since the Six-Day War in 1967. Nonplussed by their new lodger, the sisters set about marrying her off to another family of high status—if only they can find someone who will take her.

“Villa Touma is a tragedy full of subtle humor. The individual tales of the sisters, that have left them in suspended animation, are heartbreaking, and you fear for Badia achieving a similar fate. At the same time, it is somewhat entertaining to see the attempts at grooming Badia to be the woman they wish her to be. But then, again, comes the tragedy of what that would mean for her life.” —Film Threat

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Suha Arraf
Arabic with English subtitles
Running Time
85 minutes