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SISTERS BROTHERS, THE

SYNOPSIS:
In 1850's Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.

Review by Louise Keller:
Ambitious, violent and very funny, French director Jacques Audiart's English language debut is an entertaining Western about a mobster hiring two assassin brothers to kill a rival prospector. The assassin brothers (played to perfection by John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix) bicker non-stop and their names, Eli and Charlie Sisters is a giggle in itself. Enter Jake Gyllenhaal as the eloquent detective John Morris who is chasing Middle Eastern prospector, Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed) in order to deliver them to the Sisters. So the Sisters are after Warm.

Set in 1850s Oregon and adapted from the Booker short-listed novel by Patrick Dewitt, Audiard and co-writer Thomas Bidegain have written a character-driven screenplay that is peppered by great lines. The delivery is delicious. 'You have enough money to stop for good,' says Eli. 'Stop what?' Charlie retorts. 'Killing people'.... It is a wonderful role for Reilly and he makes the most of it. Alexandre Desplat's toe-tapping score sets the tone.

While the multi-award winning Audiart may be best known for his Palme d'or winner Dheepan (2015) and Cesar winner Rust and Bone (2012), I was taken by the unusual elements in his 2002 film, Sur mes levres (Read My Lips) in which Vincent Cassell plays an ex convict thrown together with Emmanuelle Devos' deaf lip-reader.

The Sisters Brothers premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Audiart was awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

SISTERS BROTHERS, THE (MA15+)
(France, Spain, Romania, US, Belgium, 2018)

CAST: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root, Allison Tolman, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane

PRODUCER: Michael De Luca, Alison Dickey, Megan Ellison, Michel Merkt, Cristian Mungiu, John C. Reilly, Gregoire Sorias

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard

SCRIPT: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (based on the book by Patrick Dewitt)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Benoit Debit

EDITOR: Juliette Welfling

MUSIC: Alexandre Desplat

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michel Berthelemy

RUNNING TIME: 121 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: tba

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 28, 2019







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