Continuing the cover of the SFFilm Festival (on until April 23rd, 2019), I give you my last favorite: “The Brothers Sisters” by J.Audiard.
It is extremely rare for a French director to take on the ”Western” genre film. Even more so when the result is so excellent that it captivates even detractors of this kind of film. It is the case here, with a film adapted by J.C.Reilly, also cast for the main role.
Scenario in an creative frame, the film runs alongside the trajectories of four men in the Oregon of 1852.
The Sisters brothers, serial killers with picaresque paces, kill, without too much state of mind, the enemies of their boss, while a little further, towards the West, a refined detective is committed to the pursuit of a chemist, an idealistic gold researcher.
Out of tone and overturned stakes: nothing will happen as planned. The tandems are reformed into a quartet in which each character will explore his own identity.
Jacques Audiard offers us an epic tale, with a great economy of cinematographic means. In a rather intimate nature, the characters discover the attractions of modern life (the toothbrush…), but also the foundations of another system of thought. Some magical images carry us on the other side of the mirror, switching from tragic to dream and vice versa: the water of the river turning into nuggets, or when a spider reveals the unconscious of a young man.
J.C. Reilly is amazing as a sensitive older brother, supposed to protect his younger brother, the crazy dog Joaquin Phoenix, enraged by his childhood. J.Gyllenhaal observes, behind his notebooks, Riz Ahmed, the genial inventor of a perfectly synchronous magic potion. The second roles, colorful, add a sophisticated slice of humanity to the whole.
A fantastic ride in a revisited West.
Available in streaming and a few movie theaters

Merci Isabella Demeulenaere

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