The Sisters (2006)
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Movie InfoIn a college in Manhattan, three sisters and a brother, who yearn for the simpler life their family left behind in Charleston, reveal their family secrets and self-deceptions with wit and candor, culminating in a moment of physical and emotional violence.
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Critic Reviews for The Sisters
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.
Audience Reviews for The Sisters
Good cast and fine acting but so full of bitterness and hate it's impossible to like.
Inspired by (I'm loathe to say "based on") Chekhov's play Three Sisters, a family struggles with drug addiction, sexual abuse, and infidelity.
Oh, Maria Bello. I first saw you in A History of Violence, and since then I've never forgotten you. You are one of this generation's finest actors, and every time I see you, you surprise me. So, why do you keep doing such shitty movies?
I liked the fact that this film's dialogue is intelligently written; these characters sound like intellectuals arguing, using polysyllabic words like razors.
But the story, which in the source material is beautifully understated, got twisted into an oppressive melodrama, and when each new element of modern salacious psychological damage is added, the film becomes a parade of Jerry Springer family neuroses and loses its heart as a character drama that is essentially about people trying to figure out how to love each other in spite of each other.
I agree with Roger Ebert who stated that the same cast would have been perfect in the Chekhov play, but what director Arthur Allen Seidelman did to the Russian master's work should be as criminal as what happened to Nathanial Hawthorne's Scarlett Letter.
Overall, Maria Bello is always worth watching, but if you've never seen Chekhov, then don't think this is what he's about - all the more reason to go to the real theater.
this adaptation of chekov's play is a stylized, yet pretentious, psycological drama of another family putting the fun in dysfunction. strong performance by maria bello pulls the additional half star rating.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Sisters" starts with the surprise birthday party of 22 year old Irene Prior(Erika Christensen) given her by her two older sisters, Olga(Mary Stuart Masterson) and Marcia(Maria Bello). They along with their brother, Andrew(Alessandro Nivola), are the offspring of a legendary professor, and, now to one degree or another, are all still part of academia in New York, far away from the family home in Charleston. There is bitterness mixed in with the admiration they have for their father, born of cliched revelations. Indeed, the sisters possess an incredible intellectual snobbery and their pain infects those closest to them.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The Sisters" is full of scintillating dialogue and a very talented cast, especially Maria Bello who is excellent, but I am now fully convinced that Eric McCormack even sleeps sarcastically. The movie's main flaw is that it makes no effort at all to escape its theatrical roots. For example, the characters talk like they are performing in front of an audience; the movie has a simple three act structure and there is a fixed limit on the number of characters.[/font]
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