Duncan Lacroix and Aidan O'Hare cast in JACQUES AUDIARD's feature length western "THE SISTERS BROTHERS" which received it's world premiere at this years Venice International Film Festival..

The western remains, thankfully, alive and well, and two films dropping at the Venice Film Festival this week remind us there is still plenty to explore in the genre.

In Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers,” actor John C. Reilly — who developed the project with his wife — offers one of his finest portrayals opposite Joaquin Phoenix as one half of a bounty-hunting duo. It’s a performance reflective of the movie itself, one of both hard-bitten toughness and unexpected tenderness.

In a recent interview with Variety, Reilly said he didn’t want a cliched or romanticized version of the west or mythic anti-heroes of that realm. He wanted to reflect the reality, particularly the multi-cultural one. “There were Chinese people and French people and Hungarians and Russians and all these people coming from all over the world in this mad search for opportunity or a freer life,” he said, also noting the unexpected “emotional availability” of the characters in Patrick deWitt’s novel.

The production went to Spain, Romania and France with Audiard’s sensibilities at the helm, culminating in what you might even call a European western. It’s unlike most entries in the genre for stated reasons, and though his co-stars Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed bring invaluable contributions, Reilly really pops, his ambition and determination to realize this project apparent in his efforts on the screen.
(Kristopher Tapley for Variety Sept 2nd 2018)



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