In “Fortuna” (aka “My Sister”), neophyte Timna Rosenheimer shows good directorial instincts and sensitive feelings for the charismatic Dvash family that occupies the center of her docu about maternal abuse and long-lasting sisterly love. Despite a light, jokey tone in the first act and humor throughout, Rosenheimer captures the effects of abuse on the Dvash sisters. Artistically, the film is shapeless – straightforward interviews with talking heads – but the intriguing material and the sisters’ riveting persona overcome the limitations of a docu that could have been longer and deeper.
Once a year, the Dvash sisters leave their homes and jobs to go on a retreat together in the resort town of Eilat. Docu follows one of these reunions in which four of the six sisters participated, dwelling on their inner worlds that are still defined by a childhood trauma: the overpowering influence of their formidable, uncaring mother, Fortuna, who’s now in a home. Since most of the men in their lives are dead, the sisters have come to rely on each other, but mostly the film is about survival and strength.