The Sisters (2005)
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Screenwriter Richard Alfieri and director Arthur Allan Siedelman adapt Anton Chekhov's classic stage play The Three Sisters to the screen in this film starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Maria Bello, and Erika Christensen as the titular siblings. Upon departing from Charleston, SC, to further their education at a prestigious Manhattan college, sisters Marcia (Bello), Olga (Masterson), and Irene (Christensen) soon become lost in fantasies of what their lives may have been to the point where they are
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What we can guess, watching the film, is that the same players would make a good job of Three Sisters but are undermined by the faculty club, which works like a hotel lobby. There's no way to sustain dramatic momentum here.
Instead of anti-melodrama laced with surprising moments of comedy, which Chekhov managed, The Sisters settles for bloodless melodrama.
Anyone looking for the playwright's undeniable insight into the female psyche is unlikely to find any such specimen here.
[Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters'] egacy of stifled dreams and inter-familial anxieties are as relevant as ever. Updating it, however, should involve more than adding incest, lesbianism and the uncontrolled venting of spleen.
Many films have already tread through the gloomy garden paths that "The Sisters" takes. But it confirms that watching Maria Bello act in many guises is one of the great pleasures of the movies.
Just goes to show you that you can be rich, smart, beautiful, and accomplished ... and still be as miserable as us middle-class drones.
Overwrought psychodrama revolving around the predictable warps and obsessions of three adult siblings.
It's a tedious experience of otherwise promising material and covetous cast.
Bello is phenomenally good as the embittered Marcia, while Stuart and Christensen do their best with their less complex roles, but they're all undermined by Alfieri's shrill, mannered dialogue and cliched backstories.
We never tire of watching these actresses (particularly Bello, who's utterly convincingly playing one of those sexy, crazy, intelligent women men go bonkers for). And the movie, though flawed, remains absorbing and, in a ridiculous way, fun.
The movie looks horrible. On the few occasions that the action moves outside the chamber room, it's as if the filmmakers were venturing forth on the planet Mars.
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