The Sisters (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Sisters
Intelligent, observant entertainment designed for an adult audience.
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.
I liked the performances a lot.
[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.
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.
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