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Art House, WESTERN

The Sisters Brothers (2019 in UK)


Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Patrick DeWitt
Director Jacques Audiard
Writers/Script Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain
Starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer,

Elevator Pitch: In 1851 Oregon a gold rush is on, and the Commodore has hired a detective to locate a chemist who has developed a gold finding process. He has also hired the Sisters brothers who are a couple of assassins who kill people on his instructions, to find the detective. Both the detective and the brothers throw in their lot with the chemist rather than surrendering him to the Commodore, resulting in other gunmen being sent after them. They are frequently required to fight for their lives, so will it all be worth it?

Content: There are a couple of scenes of men in a brothel in the dark. One of the brothers drinks a lot and smokes almost continuously. There are many gunfights, resulting in the losers being mercilessly shot at close range. The Oregon towns are portrayed as primitive conurbations full of shacks and tents, the streets usually running with mud. But fortunately for the brothers they spend their time mostly in the desert, although Eli has an unfortuate experience with a spider.

A View: This film is a bit art house and was well liked by the critics, and apparently by the general public, but has so far lost a fortune, possibly because it has had a limited release. If anything there was too much time spent in the dark for me, and this might have been because the director liked the sparks and flame from the 1851 hand guns. The plot is a bit linear, but overall if you like westerns it will be worth the ticket price for you.

Additional Info: I noted that during the gunfights the brothers were replacing the complete cylinders for their colts, as we see people doing today. I found this just a bit odd and on checking on the construction of the hand guns of the day, found that you would have to dismantle the weapon to do this. Probably, in reality, since they had to load the pistols with a charge followed by a ball, they would usually have relied on the number of guns they could carry.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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