The Sisters Brothers (film)

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The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jacques Audiard
Produced by
Screenplay by Jacques Audiard
Thomas Bidegain
Based on The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Benoît Debie
Edited by
Distributed by Annapurna Pictures
Release date
  • 2 September 2018 (2018-09-02) (Venice)
  • 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21) (United States)
Running time
121 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • France
Language English

The Sisters Brothers is a 2018 western dark comedy directed by Jacques Audiard from a screenplay he co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain, based on the novel of the same name by Patrick deWitt. The film stars John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the two notorious assassin brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters, and together they get caught up in the California Gold Rush. It is Audiard's first English-language film.

It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on 2 September 2018. It is scheduled to be released on 21 September 2018 by Annapurna Pictures.


The story follows Eli and Charlie Sisters, two hitmen brothers on the trail of a chemist with a unique secret formula for prospecting gold wanted by their boss.



In 2011, it was announced that the film rights to the novel had been sold to John C. Reilly's production company, with Reilly set to play one of the brothers.[2] Four years later, French director Jacques Audiard announced that he would direct the film, his first English-language feature, on the radio station RTL.[3] Deadline Hollywood reported on 25 April 2016, that Joaquin Phoenix joined the project.[4] In February 2017, Variety reported that Jake Gyllenhaal joined the film, later announcing that Riz Ahmed had joined the cast as well.[5][6] Variety also announced that Annapurna Pictures came on board to produce and co-finance the film alongside Why Not Productions, with Megan Ellison serving as an executive producer on the project.[7]

The film started shooting in early June in the Spanish city Almería and continued its shoot throughout the summer in Tabernas, Navarre and Aragon.[8]


It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on 2 September 2018.[9] It will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2018.[10] It is scheduled to be released on 21 September 2018.


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 84% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men."[11] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[12]

The film earned a warm response, including a standing ovation, at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival.[13] Jacques Audiard won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the festival.


  1. ^ "The Sisters Brothers". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Charles, Ron (11 November 2011). "Patrick deWitt's 'The Sisters Brothers' wins Governor General's Award in Canada". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (24 August 2015). "Palme d'Or Winner Jacques Audiard Reveals First English-Language Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Jaafar, Ali (25 April 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Join Jacques Audiard's English-Language Debut 'The Sisters Brothers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (10 February 2017). "Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Joaquin Phoenix in 'The Sisters Brothers' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (18 April 2017). "Riz Ahmed Joins Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in 'The Sisters Brothers' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Lang, Brent (19 May 2017). "Annapurna Nabs Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal Western 'Sister's Brothers'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Randle, Emma (8 June 2017). "'Big guns' arrive for French-made western". Costa News. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (25 July 2018). "Venice Film Festival Lineup: Welles, Coen Brothers, Cuaron, Greengrass, More – Live". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  10. ^ Vlessing, Etan (24 July 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "The Sisters Brothers (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 18, 2018. 
  12. ^ "The Sisters Brothers Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 18, 2018. 
  13. ^ Variety Staff (2 September 2018). "'The Sisters Brothers' Impresses Audiences in Venice". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 4 September 2018. 

External links[edit]

The Sisters Brothers on IMDb