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#TIFF18 Review: The Sisters Brothers

September 9, 2018

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Based on Canadian author Patrick deWitt’s acclaimed book of the same name, The Sisters Brothers follows Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix), a pair of outlaw brothers in 1851, Oregon who are hired to kill an eccentric prospector (Riz Ahmed), who is also being tracked by a rogue detective (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Adapted for the screen by Jacques Audiard, The Sisters Brothers is a well crafted western that has moments of dark comedy, as glimpsed in the trailer, but it mostly plays it straight. The film feels a bit long at points, but it’s beautifully filmed, unexpectedly bittersweet, and carried by strong performances from its core cast of actors, who all do a wonderful job of playing off each other.

Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli Sisters (John C. Reilly) in The Sisters Brothers

Public Screenings:

Saturday, September 8th – 9:30 PM at Princess of Wales

Sunday, September 9th – 10:00 AM at Winter Garden Theatre

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th to 16th.

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