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Hannah and Her Sisters
Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Here's what's weird: I can now see in this old favorite the seeds of everything I dislike about his recent films. Much of the dialogue is clunkily expository and/or tin-eared; supporting characters (e.g. Daniel Stern's gauche rock star) often function as straw-man caricatures; source music is used as a cudgel. Yet it's mostly glorious, and I spent the whole damn movie trying in vain to pinpoint the difference. In the end, I think Tarantino may be right, at least in this case and some others: Woody's just old now, and his work has become correspondingly creaky, with its highs diminished and its flaws hugely magnified. In any case, he was unmistakably at the top of his game here—though he's…
Woody Allen really is a fantastic writer and director, we all know that. He is always able to create amazing characters, fantastic dialogues, simple stories with situations that could happen and real life and none of his stories ever felt forced. All feel real and actually very believable. Hannah and Her Sisters is no exception.
An amazing comedy/drama script, that tell us the stories of multiple characters all connected because of three sisters Hannah, Lee and Holly. Family interations, romances, dramatic discoveries or even hilarious moments it's what you are going to find throughout the story.
All of the performances are absolutely fantastic, everyone is able to play their parts in the perfect way possible. Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen himself…
Performances : 7.4/10
Story : 8.4/10
Production : 8.2/10
Overall : 8/10
"Jeez, I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I'm never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts. And after all, who knows, I mean maybe there is something, nobody really knows. I know 'maybe' is a very slim reed to hang your whole life on, but that's the best we have. And then I started to sit back, and I actually began to enjoy myself."
Hannah and Her Sisters contains one of the best ensemble casts that I've seen in a while. No offense, August: Osage County, but for a good time I'll take Woody, Farrow, Fisher, Caine, O'Sullivan and Max von Sydow any…
On some days, this is my favorite Woody film, edging out Annie Hall just slightly and the tipping point has to be Michael Caine. He transforms himself into the antithesis of Jack Carter. The Woody dialogue rolls off his tongue so naturally, it's a shame they never worked together again. Every little mannerism and insecurity goes noticed, but it's never pompous or showy. He's playing a man in midlife crisis with secrets and desires that he cannot express clearly and he is a fully fleshed character.
The whole cast is on fire. All their interactions and inner monologues are lived in and their midlife woes and sorrows feel instinctive and driven and they all have arcs that leave them somewhere…
This movie is full of great scenes and great performances
Woody Allen's monologue at the end steals the film.
Another masterpiece by Woody Allen.
Whenever a Woody Allen film is great, it's difficult to explain why. His films (even the bad ones) are always literate, with a spotlight on spousal relationships, the futility of living, the finality of death, and our reluctance to acknowledge the role that luck plays in our lives. Even his bad movies usually have one or two glimpses of real insight, and his characters are always eloquently spoken and well acted. But when Woody Allen gets it absolutely right, it's a magic trick that seems to defy analysis. Hannah and Her Sisters is one such trick.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of this movie is how hopeful it is. Every frame sparkles, every character is vibrant with dreams and fears we…
Whilst it remains overshadowed by some of Allen's best work (and, let's face it, when that work is Manhattan and Annie Hall, that's not too much of an issue), Hannah and Her Sisters is still a smart, funny story with talented performers and that classic Allen blend of zingers and pathos.
Great trio of intertwining stories, full of some wonderful performances. Woody Allen's hypochondriac absolutely steals the show.
"So at the moment you don’t believe in God?"
"No. A-a-and I-I want to. You know, I’m-I’m willing to do anything. I’ll, you know, I’ll dye Easter eggs if it works."
Crossed stories of three sisters, Woody Allen and a great Michael Caine struggling themselves. They are always moved by their decisions, passions or moods. Each one of them facing life and love differently and guided by feelings they don't truly understand because of their fuzzy emotions and contradictory thoughts, but they're trying to figure it out. Existentialism and love as main topics. Good movie.
I despise Woody Allen as a person so I tend to feel really conflicted about enjoying his work because there's almost always some reminder about what a creep he is. When I got to the child molestation mention ("Read the papers; half the country's doing it!") - not even 15 minutes in - I had to pause for a bit because it totally took me out of the film. That scene would have been fine if the conversation was about pretty much anything else.
But, anyway, like most Woody Allen films, Hannah and Her Sisters is essentially Rich White People Problems. Sometimes these kinds of characters work and are enjoyable to watch, and sometimes they're too unbearable. The characters in this one are the former -- for the most part. Honestly, in a way, I totally understood Lee deciding to have an affair because I wouldn't have been able to stand being around Frederick for even a week.
Jinkies, this one almost cracks a smile, doesn't it? Bearing in mind that Purple Rose of Cairo would be my favourite Woody Allen film if not for the downer ending, there's something joyous about the way this one wraps up.
The usual comment that I wind up making after my Woody Sunday sessions is that it only gets really good at the end, and that was true of this for a while. Michael Caine, though on great, Oscar-deserving form here, plays a character who really got on my tits.
But you quickly come to love the titular sisters, particularly Dianne West's insecure Holly, and even though it's so out of character for a worldly cynic like Allen, the epilogue was the cherry on top for me.
It's been quite a while since I've been so utterly captivated by every moment and performance in a film. Hannah and Her Sisters really highlights Allen's absolutely incredible ability to write a near-perfect screenplay. The most I've enjoyed a Woody Allen film since Annie Hall and Manhattan.
A very funny, clever film all about brotherly, sisterly, family and romantic relationships in contemporary NYC. "You gonna start knockin' my hobbies!?"
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