The Sisters Brothers
Directed by Jacques Audiard, France 2018
121 mins. English dialogue
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, the film is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands and find themselves on a journey through the Northwest bringing them, eventually, to the Gold Rush land of California - a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity?
What the Critics say:
"Erudite, visceral and chuckle-worthy, this western is based on Patrick deWitt's novel and starts out as the story of two gun-toting, chalk-and-cheese brothers, only to become more mysterious."  (Charlotte O'Sullivan - London Evening Standard)