Eric Wolfram's Writing, Review of Sisters


Directed by Sergei Bodrov Jr.

An affluent post Soviet Mafioso gets out of jail. He is hiding the money. The Russian mob wants revenge. We follow his daughter, a young Russian sharpshooter named Svet, while she and her spoiled younger half-sister Dina hide. That's the story.

Cheesy driving instrumental music unifies the scenes and reoccurs throughout the film like a bad dream. But there is something hypnotic about the music and how it suddenly stops. At times the music sounds Russian, at times it sounds Arabian, and at times it sounds like a porn film.

The woman who plays Svet does a wonderful job, and her slow deliberate movements and emotionless dialog is strangely stirring. But the gangsters are cookie cutter charactures, with the possible exception of her father. They all wear black jackets with white t-shirts and smoke cigarettes. And they all are tougher year old beets.

All in all the film holds it's own. It's definitely not as bad as this review makes it sound. Nothing in the film really bugged me at all, and not much stood out either. Maybe I've just seen too many movies about gangsters. Who knows?

Country: Russia
Year: 2001
Run Time: 85 minutes
Cast: Oksana Akinjshina, Katya Gorina, Roman Ageev, Andrei Krasko, Alexander Bashirov, Sergei Bodrov Jr.
Producer: Sergei Selyanov
Editor: Natalia Koutcherenko
Cinematographer: Valery Martinov
Screenwriter: Sergei Bodrov Jr., Goulshad Omarova, Sergei Bodrov

This Film Was Viewed at the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival

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