The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers - The GBY

It is amazing what you can glean from a movie, even if you don’t particularly enjoy it.  The Sisters Brothers, Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot) are a pair of hired killers in 1850.  Charlie seems to really enjoy his work and Eli justifies his participation by saying he is protecting his brother.   On their way, they have a few run ins with the locals, including Mayfield (Rebecca Root, Collette).  Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal), a disillusioned southerner with a great accent, is the scout for the brothers, he is following Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), an absolute puppy of a person.  Keep your eyes open for Carol Kane as the brother’s mother.   This is an okay movie that rambles along and doesn’t really get anywhere.  If you enjoyed the book, you might just want to keep that story in mind.

About halfway through the movie Warm and Morris discussed what they would do if they found gold.  Warm describes a utopian society where everyone works, shares and is respected for their abilities, he wanted to find gold to support this community – Dallas, TX.  This sent laughter through our audience.  I went home and did a little research and found out that there was such a community at that time.  La Reunion was led by Victor Prosper Considerant, it was “a utopian socialist community formed in 1855 by French, Belgian, and Swiss colonists on the south bank of the Trinity River in central Dallas County, Texas. The colony site is a short distance north of Interstate 30 near downtown Dallas”.   Wikipedia

Our Rating for The Sisters Brothers

2.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for The Sisters Brothers

Official Synopsis for The Sisters Brothers

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

The Sisters Brothers TIFF Q & A


Principle Cast John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed
Director Jacques Audiard
Screenwriter Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, based on the book by Patrick DeWitt
Cinematographer Benoît Debie
Editor Juliette Welfling (Ocean’s 8)
 Production Companies Why Not Productions, Annapurna Pictures, Page 114 Productions
Run Time 121 minutes
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Premier Venice Film Festival 2018

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