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The Sisters Brothers

  • Comedy
  • Western
  • 2018
  • Jacques Audiard
  • 117 mins
  • 15

Summary

Western starring John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal. Gunslingers Charlie and Eli Sisters are hired to find and kill a kindly chemist who possesses a unique method for gold prospecting. However, the chemist is being protected by the brothers' supposed associate, detective John Morris, which makes this simple bounty hunt far more complicated than expected.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Novelist Patrick DeWitt's idiosyncratic take on the western is brought searingly to the screen by French director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). Dialling down the book's humour, Audiard brings a rugged authenticity to proceedings, with rote brutality punctured by glimmers of humanity. The siblings in question are a pair of gruff assassins: the hot-headed, cold-blooded Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and weary equine enthusiast Eli (John C Reilly). They are in pursuit of a humble chemist (Riz Ahmed) who has developed a divining substance to locate gold, and taken off with the brothers' scout (Jake Gyllenhaal). The majesty of the landscapes is matched by the wonder of encroaching civilisation - grubby, makeshift towns give way to a fancy city hotels, Eli tries his hand at using a toothbrush and gawps at a flushing toilet, while the pair are absolutely delighted by the sight of the Pacific Ocean. Reilly and Phoenix are amusing in their absurdity, endearing in their loyalty and unspoken affection, and chilling in their capacity for carnage. And, although the men are haunted by their history of violence, the film finds hope for their future.

Credits

Cast

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Eli SistersJohn C Reilly
Charlie SistersJoaquin Phoenix
John MorrisJake Gyllenhaal
Hermann Kermit WarmRiz Ahmed
MayfieldRebecca Root
Mrs SistersCarol Kane
The CommodoreRutger Hauer
Girl in Mayfield SaloonAllison Tolman
The FatherIan Reddington
RexRichard Brake

Crew

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DirectorJacques Audiard

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2019-04-05
Languages
English | Russian
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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