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|Originaltitel:||Les Frères Sisters|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 122 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The quiet Eli (John C. Reilly) and the drinking-joyful Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) are on the road as contract killers in Oregon in 1851: as Sister Brothers they are feared throughout the country and have many a crook, but also many innocent on their consciences. The time has come for Eli to retire and open a store. The latest order they have received from the mysterious Commodore could raise enough money to make this dream come true: The brothers are to find and kill the chemist Hermann Warm (Riz Ahmed). Warm has developed a formula to make gold nuggets visible in the riverbed and the Commodore wants this formula at any price. Jim Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal), the contact man of the Sister Brothers, has himself been following Warm's heels and is now pursuing his own plans. It goes without saying that a fight for life and death will soon break out here…
"The Sisters Brothers" is the English debut of the award-winning director Jacques Audiard. He had served rather heavy food with "Ein Prophet" or "Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen" so far. In direct comparison, his excursion into the Western genre is almost light entertainment. Again and again, Audiard uses subtle humor, which gives the sometimes very slowly staged events a little bit of pacing. From time to time, there are also grippingly executed exchanges of shots and other moments of tension, which also help to make the somewhat unwieldy production accessible to a wider audience.
The great actors also help here. John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix are simply great unequal brothers. Especially Reilly can be more than convincing as a slightly naive Eli, who loves his horse above all else and always treats women with charm and respect, but mutates into an ice-cold killer in the face of his opponents. The supporting actors are no less prominent. Jake Gyllenhaal, for example, is relatively seldom seen, but delivers a very strong performance in the scenes he wears.
Fascinating images and breathtaking landscape shots also make the film a visual treat. With "The Sisters Brothers", Jacques Audiard has created a Western that skilfully avoids the clichés of the genre and is difficult to put in a drawer. Exactly this makes it worth seeing!
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