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Sisters Brothers (The)

France | Spain | Romania | Belgium | USA , English, 121 mins

Original Title

Les Frères Sisters
  • Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Writer: Jacques Audiard; Thomas Bidegain; Patrick DeWitt
  • Producer: Pascal Caucheteux; Alison Dickey; Michael De Luca; John C. Reilly

CGiii Comment

Hooray...for a French take on an old, worn-out Hollywood staple: The Western.

Not a trace of the John-Homophobic-Wayne-Big-Ham-Style-of-Acting, no designer-damsels in distress, none of that 'there'll be injuns in dem hills' nonsense...instead, a story of brotherly love, idealism, greed and duty. Most definitely, not your usual kind of Western...this has intelligence, blooming bromances and a golden stream of rich subtext.

The 'Goodie' [there really is only one, although there is a convert to the good-side] is - perhaps - too good to be true...and, the 'Baddies' [there are many] are as savage and uncouth as you would expect...with the odd twist...with the oddest couples. John C. Reilly & Joaquin Phoenix - seriously - do do odd [assassin] brothers well...unlike [yet, like] oil and water, they mix their psychopathies with humour and violence towards a mesmerising conclusion. Simply, one of the best double acts of recent memory...and, most definitely, one of the best Westerns ever made!

Good to see Rebecca Root in a small but significant role...although the armchair activists will probably wail & moan about her on-screen treatment!


The(ir) Blurb...

Oregon, 1851. Hermann Kermit Warm, a chemist and aspiring gold prospector, keeps a profitable secret that the Commodore wants to know, so he sends the Sisters brothers, two notorious assassins, to capture him on his way to California.

Cast & Characters

Jake Gyllenhaal as Hermann Kermit Warm;
John C. Reilly as Charlie Sisters;
Joaquin Phoenix as Eli Sisters;
Carol Kane as Mrs. Sisters;
Riz Ahmed as Morris;
Rebecca Root as Mayfield;
Niels Arestrup;
Creed Bratton as Quarrelsome Saloon Guy Town 2;
Ian Reddington as The Father;
Aldo Maland as Young Eli Sisters;
Johannes Haukur Johannesson as Head Trapper;
Aidan O'Hare as Horse dealer;
Nick Cornwall as Encampment attacker

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