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TIFF Review: ‘The Sisters Brothers’

September 8, 2018Ferdosa Abdi

The Sisters Brothers, from director Jacques Audiard, is a Western that doesn't quite strike the right balance between tone and style.

The violent film is reminiscent of many genre entries before it, but at times there is an attempt to capture the magic of a Coen Brothers Western. The film is beautiful and well acted. However, Audiard is unable to settle on a whether it's a dark comedy or a serious drama with a touch of absurdism.

What ends up happening is we get a story that is a muddled mess, which is reflected not just in the script, but in Aidiard's direction as well. Perhaps, the movie is unable to capture the scope and depth of Patrick DeWitt's novel of the same name, in which case the book was definitely better.

The Sisters Brothers makes its North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 1 min.

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