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The Sisters Brothers

John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play sibling hired killers in Jacques Audiard's (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) touching, darkly funny and free-wheeling Western.

Dir Jacques Audiard
Prod Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Michel Merkt, Megan Ellison, Michael De Luca, Alison Dickey, John C. Reilly, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Cristian Mungiu
Scr Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain
With John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
France, Spain, Belgium
2018
120min
Sales IMR International

Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli (John C Reilly) are the Sisters brothers, assassins sent by the fearsome Commodore to kill chemist and prospector Hermann Warm (Riz Ahmed), but first to extract by any means his formula for a liquid that illuminates gold. Setting out ahead of the brothers to locate Warm, tracker John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) ruminates on the dizzying pace of change ("I have travelled through places that didn't exist three months ago"). Featuring a quartet of note-perfect performances, The Sisters Brothers sees each of the men also searching his own soul: Eli longs for some of life's simpler pleasures; Charlie doesn't see much point in struggling against a destiny bequeathed by his pitilessly violent past; Morris and Warm aspire to a life free of incessant greed and brutality. Adapting from the novel by Patrick DeWitt, Audiard and co-writer Thomas Bidegain deliver a piquantly humorous examination of the nature of violence, fraternity and male friendship. Exquisitely crafted throughout, Alexandre Desplat's score is a particular delight.

Tricia Tuttle

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