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The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men. Read critic reviews

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It's 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the gold rush land of California -- an adventure that tests the deadly family ties that bind.

Cast & Crew

Joaquin Phoenix
Charlie Sisters
Riz Ahmed
Hermann Kermit Warm
Allison Tolman
Girl in Mayfield Saloon
Rutger Hauer
The Commodore
Carol Kane
Mrs. Sisters
Jacques Audiard
Screenwriter
Thomas Bidegain
Screenwriter
Megan Ellison
Executive Producer
Chelsea Barnard
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Sammy Scher
Executive Producer
Tudor Reu
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Delphine Tomson
Executive Producer
Benoît Debie
Cinematographer
Alexandre Desplat
Original Music
Michel Barthélémy
Production Design
Gilles Boillot
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  • Jan 20, 2019
    Certainly the better of the two Westerns I've seen today, but I'm also not really feeling the love with Sisters Brothers like everybody else seems to be.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2019
    THE SISTERS BROTHERS (4 Stars) An extremely engaging anti-Western featuring fantastic performances from John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed is slightly marred by an anti-climactic yet still unexpected ending. Up until then, I loved its subversiveness, the beautiful cinematography and score, and the bursts of tragedy erupting from its often comical tone. A simple tale of two hitmen charged with killing a gentle chemist who has invented a new way to pan for gold, the film finds its beauty in little details such as when Reilly uses a toothbrush or flushes a toilet for the first time. Bonus points for casting the great Alison Tolman, a vividly hardened Carol Kane, and especially trans actor Rebecca Root as a nefarious town owner. I'm especially proud that Root plays a cis female. More talented trans actors like her should get cast in roles which have nothing to do with gender identity. That it happens in the most patriarchal of genres, the western, speaks volumes about this film. There's also an unexplored hint of a gay relationship, which gives the movie a sense of unfulfilled longing. Each character seems to want something they can never have. It's a subtle but lovely undertone which gives this often goofy film a little depth. Jacques Audiard (A PROPHET, RUST AND BONE) makes his English language debut here and has a great feel for quirky interactions and the loopy storytelling at play. It's the BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID of its time...but instead of going out with a bang, it does so with a beautiful whimper. Flaws and all, it's one of the best films of the year.
    Glenn G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2019
    The early Westerns seemed to love to act the imagined nobility of King Arthur's court. Everyone had a higher purpose or calling ('cept the bad guys), "making the world safe for decent people." Not so as we creep into the light of modern day when the adventurers are portrayed in film more or less as opportunists looking to get over, and why not? And so we meet the Sister Brothers, assassins who love their jobs and really only hate the boredom of the interludes in between killing and taking what they want. Are they monsters for this? This work doesn't think so and looks for the humanity in our protagonists. When they aren't killing somebody. Good stuff.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    "Have you noticed how long it's been since someone tried to kill us?" "I don't know...three or four days?" "Don't you find that strange?" The Sisters Brothers is both a modern western that pays plenty of homage to the classics of the genre. It isn't what you expect and not always what you hoped it might be, but it consistently does whatever the hell it wants and one can't help but to appreciate it for exactly that. In other words, The Sisters Brothers is wholly its own thing and it's very up front about this fact with an opening scene that is both startling, starkly aloof, and perplexing in the most intriguing of ways. While it feels natural to be tepid in the opening twenty or so minutes as exposition is avoided in favor of the audience putting the pieces together themselves it is once director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone) begins to parallel the arcs of our titular characters as played by John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix with that of Jake Gyllenhaal's John Morris and Riz Ahmed's Hermann Kermit Warm that things really get rolling. It's always nice to see a movie when, in general, you see so many movies and think you know where it's likely going only to have it continually go in a different, but completely logical-and natural-feeling-direction. Phoenix and Gyllenhaal give two very distinct, but vastly different performances for two characters that are more similar than they might like to admit even if they come to recognize as much. Gyllenhaal's accent is especially noteworthy. Ahmed's interpretation of Warm is a matter of perspective and he plays this advantage to the hilt given the ultimate course the actions take. It is Reilly who steals the show though, serving as a throughline of steadfastness in doing something despite the difficulties his brother provides and the endless delays he takes the blame for all in order to achieve a success he doesn't seem to necessarily agree would define the word "success". It's a wonderful, well-rounded performance that lends the final scene of the film a sense of near-perfection; capturing a small truth of life we don't often recognize or discuss and painting a two-hour portrait with it. Also, not exactly Bone Tomahawk brutal, but still BRU-TAL with a capital B.
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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