Sisters (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  Hermanas

Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 2005.  Cruzdelsur Zona Audiovisual, Tornasol Films, Patagonik Film Group, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by Julia Solomonoff.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , , , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Add this one to the constantly growing list of excellent Argentinian movies that deal with the turbulent history of the country’s military dictatorship in the seventies. Elena is a young married woman who lives in Texas with her soccer player husband and small son. Her sister Natalia, whom she hasn’t seen in eight years, takes time off from her busy life as an international journalist and comes for a visit. The women are ecstatic to see each other, but soon Natalia starts drudging up the past in her continued effort to find out who informed on her boyfriend (and got him killed) years ago when they all still lived in Buenos Aires, and things start to get uneasy. Julia Solomonoff’s feature directorial debut is a wonder, blessed with a probing screenplay that lets no one off easy and deeply moving performances. Shrewd, poignant, intelligent and wholly captivating, this film is highly recommended, especially for fans of The Official Story or Kamchatka.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2005

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