Based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers is a re-imagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.
The Sisters Brothers With Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly at the Toronto International Film Festival
The Sisters Brothers premiered this evening at the Toronto International Film Festivalat the Princess of Wales Theater, hours after director Jacques Audiard was awarded the Silver Lion, Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival.
It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents…and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods.
The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California – a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity?
The Sisters Brothers also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as learned scout John Morris, and Riz Ahmed as fugitive chemist Hermann Kermit Warm.
Director: Jacques Audiar
Writer: Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (based on the novel by Patrick Dewitt)
Producers: Pascal Caucheteux, Michael De Luca, Alison Dickey, Megan Ellison, Michel Merkt, John C. Reilly, Grégoire Sorlat
Cast:John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, Rebecca Root
The Sisters Brothers opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on September 21st.