The Sisters Brothers

"A film that is somehow at once brutal and nihilistic, beautiful, sweet and funny." ★★★★ The Skinny

Showing Times

Sun 21 Apr 19:50
Mon 22 Apr 17:20
Mon 22 Apr 19:50
Tue 23 Apr 18:20
Tue 23 Apr 20:50

Eli (John C Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are a rangy pair of outlaws who chafe fraternally but are deeply loyal inspite of their differences.  Charlie is given to random violence; Eli cherishes a woman's paisley shawl which harks to the possibility of a different life. They've fallen into working as assassins for The Commander, and we join them on the trail of a prospector who stole from their boss.  They're drawn first to a burgeoning Los Angeles, then to Gold Rush-fevered Oregon by detective John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) who's been tasked with tracking their quarry, the prospector Herman Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed).  When Morris catches up with Warm, though, he's not the criminal Morris is used to dealing with, and the dynamic among the four men begins to shift.

Palme d'Or winning director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) uses his first English language film to redefine the generic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.  It's a delight!  Based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Dewitt, the script reflects its literary origins nicely.  The rewarding tropes of the Western are all there, but this time they provide a framework for exploring a rich spectrum of male relationships. There are only two (minor-ish) female characters, but the nuances in the male relationships leave no room to feel a lack of any female sensibility.  It rather pains us to say, but it took a Frenchman to find fresh, contemporary potential in the traditional Western.  Merci, Jacques!

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Film Information

Duration:
122 mins
Subtitled:
No
Certificate:
15

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