Jacques Audiard, winner of the Palme d'Or for 2015's Dheepan, has made a radical shift in his oeuvre by crossing the Atlantic to work in that most American of genres, the western. And what a western it is. From the very first moments of The Sisters Brothers, it’s clear that Audiard wants to bring something new to the form.
Based on Canadian author Patrick deWitt's award-winning novel, The Sisters Brothers tells the knockabout story of two notorious assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix) who navigate the wilds of the American Far West at the height of the Gold Rush in 1851. Contracted by Oregon City crime boss The Commodore (Rutger Hauer) to kill Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), a prospector he claims has betrayed him, the brothers encounter myriad complications on their eventful ride down to San Francisco and through the Sierra Nevada - witches, bears, a madam who owns a town and commands a murderous army of fur trappers, and a detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) tracking the very same peculiar man they are.
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