Hermanas (2005)



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Natalia and Elena Levin, two sisters forced to separate as teenagers in 1975, right after Natalia's militant boyfriend Martin was disappeared by the military dictatorship, reunite in 1984 in a country foreign to both of them. Natalia, who has been living in exile in Spain, travels to visit Elena, who has just moved to suburban Texas with her husband and son. It's been nine years since they've seen each other and Natalia arrives eager to rebuild the ties of family love that she has missed so much. When she finds out that Elena has brought along the manuscript of their deceased father's last novel, Natalia reads it with anticipation that soon becomes trepidation--the unpublished novel unveils the story of their family during the dictatorship. Despite her painful memories of Argentina, she starts asking herself and everybody around her more and more questions about the past--and about Martin. Who betrayed him? What really happened to him?


Critic Reviews for Hermanas

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

[Director Julia] Solomonoff draws out vivid performances by Valeria Bertuccelli (Elena) and Ingrid Rubio (Natalia) that make up for the script's predictability.

Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

The ghost of 1970s Argentina haunts 1980s Texas in this perceptive and beautifully acted drama from the Argentine director Julia Solomonoff.

Dec 5, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Solomonoff cuts back and forth between 1984 and 1976, gradually revealing the truth of what happened, but the mystery is less important than the complex relationship between Natalia and Elena, which was sorely tested by events beyond their control.

Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Solomonoff's screenplay unwisely telegraphs key events long before they turn up on screen, and her direction is so slovenly that the film often feels like a surveillance video with English subtitles.

Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5

Better than the film's soap-operatic flashbacks, familiar slogs through Cautiva terrain, are the story's playful, unpretentious observations of culture-clash and assimilation.

Nov 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sisters (Hermanas) tends toward the melodramatic, but has a lot to say about the struggle to accept the past in order to move forward.

Mar 9, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

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