This award-winning anti-western by Jacques Audiard, the maker of the acclaimed films Dheepan and A Prophet, corresponds with some of the legendary westerns of the 1970s, especially the bloody ballads of Sam Peckinpah and the demythologizing genre cinema of Arthur Penn. The French director adapts for the big screen the bestselling book by Patrick deWitt, which tells the multifaceted story of the title brothers (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix in bravura performances), brutal guns for hire who are connected by an unpredictable but powerful bond. Audiard, an extremely versatile director, reveals the universe of the western in a surprisingly fresh and devilish way. Like in his earlier film Dheepan, a Palme d'Or winner at Cannes, he has profound faith in humanity. The film's hard-to-forget finale is a beautiful, lyrical ode to the inherent purity of human beings. Again, as has happened hundreds of times throughout the history of cinema, this western seems to be about the predatory, wounded modernity in which its viewers are living.
Venice IFF 2018 - Best Director
Jacques Audiard is a French director and screenwriter. He is one of Europe's most interesting and most acclaimed contemporary filmmakers. He won an award at Cannes in 1996 for his screenplay for A Self-Made Hero. He earned fame with two dramas: the multiple-award-winning The Beat That My Heart Skipped and the acclaimed A Prophet (which was nominated for an Oscar and the Grand Prix at Cannes, among other awards). He unexpectedly won the Palme d'Or for Dheepan. His latest film, The Sister Brothers, was very well received at the Venice Festival, where he won the award for best director.
1996 Wielce skromny bohater / A Self-Made Hero / Un hèros très discret
2001 Na moich ustach / Read My Lips / Sur mes lèvres
2005 W rytmie serca / The Beats That My Heart / De batter mon coeur s'est arête
2009 Prorok / Prophet / Un prophète
2012 Rust and Bone / De rouille et d'os
2015 Imigranci / Dheepan
2018 Bracia Sisters / The Sisters Brothers