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23 Ratings

Go For Sisters

Directed by John Sayles
United States, 2013
Drama, Crime


Two childhood friends cross paths years later under undesirable circumstances.

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Go For Sisters Directed by John Sayles

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Supporting Female

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2013 | 2nd place: Josephine Baker Award

Go for Sisters is [Sayles’] 17th film and his strongest in almost a decade… The surprise is how unafraid Sayles is of the [blaxploitation] genre, how he has located the truth in it. He has simply removed all the posing and camp and jive and gone directly for the emotion at the core of most of those films. That’s where the heat is for him.
November 20, 2013
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As with the soap-opera-star-turned-paralytic-drunk setup in Passion Fish, the mother-on-a-rescue mission in Go for Sisters plays second fiddle to the fine-tuned characters and affecting dialogue. The heart of the movie lies in the back and forth between Bernice and Fontayne as they repair their friendship and fill each other in on the joys and travails of the years since they parted ways.
November 08, 2013
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Sayles’ golden period was the ‘80s and ’90s, when a particular sort of American independent film gained unexpected popular traction: one that prized psychology and a sense of place above everything else (“sex, lies and videotape” and “Sling Blade” are just two examples). “Go for Sisters” feels very much like a product of that era. It’s warm, incisive but meandering and a bit lumpy at times. Your affection for it will probably depend on how much patience you have for films in that mode.
November 08, 2013
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