You could persuasively argue Hannah is the calm centre around which the selfish rotate and indeed they do, but apart from some choice setups and one-liners, this is so bereft of sympathetic characters that their untruths leave you cold. As a kind of la ronde it has accuracy, but as a survey of human life it’s narrow indeed. I don’t know if these are people I want to spend time with such is their lack of magnanimity.
Although Allen obviously has skills for drama, I still prefer his comedies. “Hannah” is a mix of these two, and to me it feels uneven, a bit schizophrenic clash of Max von Sydow’s seriousness and the hypochondriac Allen’s neurotic joking. Occasionally funny, often entertaining but average drama about life’s big choices, performed by great actors and actresses.
At first, this movie seems like any other movies from director Woody Allen. But HANNAH AND HER SISTERS actually has a more complexity in its storytelling. Woody Allen is able to create an intensity from start to finish. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS talks to us about commitment. It wants to tell us that love can fade away - time after time. I think this movie is better than ANNIE HALL. Love is upsetting & beautiful at once.
My all-time favorite Woody Allen film. There are many similar arcs, characters, moments, and scenes that could be in any Woody movie, but unlike so many others, Hannah's cohesion of unity is beautiful. The film carries so much momentum, so much tenderness, so much feeling in scene what we are left breathless, gasping for what's next. Michael Caine is brilliant. A beautiful love letter to film, family, and love.
Well balanced drama about mid-class mid-life crises, somewhere between Bergman's views on marriage and Cassavetes's on family life. Interrupted only by director's character intrusions into the story, which seem to digest his already heard issues on life, death and Nazis, and have seen more inspired writing.
One of Allen's best and most complex narratives. The screenplay is also probably his best since Manhattan and feels a bit throwback to his late 70s heights, similar to the later Crimes and Misdemeanors. Caine makes an 80s film that isnt a paycheck movie, and Farrow, Von Sydow, and Hershey are also all in top form. Just a really cool little movie that just is what it is and not trying to be something it isnt. 5 stars
If this is one of Allen's most brutally honest films, the ramifications are discomforting. It's an acknowledgement of the inner lives of others and the torment we'd put them through regardless. Farrow worried there was a little too much of Allen in the script - I'd even say the film. His presence is out of synch, an addition that too neatly wraps up the mess his characters make of life. But his career echoes as much.
My favourite Woody Allen film. It's all about desires, chances we wish we took, and those we took that we wish we did not. It gives its sympathies to those trying to make a relationship work, those trying to maintain one in secret and those desperately seeking one all together.