Go For Sisters
USA, 2013, 123 Minute Running Time
ENDS Thursday, December 19th at Sie FilmCenter.
Go For Sisters is the 18th feature film written and directed by independent cinema pioneer John Sayles.
The film was shot in summer 2012 in Los Angeles, Calexico, Mexicali and Tijuana and stars Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross (Independant Spirit Award nominee for 2013!), and Hector Elizondo.
Bernice Stokes and Fontayne Gamble grew up the closest of friends. After high school Bernice got into social services and corrections work, and Fontayne just got into trouble. Twenty years later Bernice is assigned as parole officer for Fontayne– just released from prison and fighting a drug habit. But Bernice’s son Rodney has gone missing on the Mexican border, and his shady partners are in hiding or brutally murdered. Fontayne, through a prison girlfriend, enlists Freddy Suárez, a disgraced, near-blind ex-LAPD detective once known as ‘the Terminator,’ to help them find Rodney. Outlaws on a noble quest, they are lured into a potentially deadly cat-and-mouse game with mysterious Chinese smugglers.
With a budget well under a million dollars and four weeks to shoot, Go For Sisters is a return to the guerrilla style of filmmaking familiar to Sayles from his early 80’s films Return of the Secaucus Seven, Lianna and Brother from Another Planet.
“A run for the border as gripping and complex as his 1996 Lone Star… The hunt is fraught with tension, though Sayles – as always, keeping the action at street level and vividly filling the screen with a culture’s sights, sounds, and rich, distinctive characters – makes us as concerned for the fate of two women’s friendship as for a man’s life.” –Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
“Sayles continues to focus on depth of character above and beyond anything else, which is surely a good thing, providing richness to his stories most of his contemporaries don’t bother with.” – Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"One of the pleasures of a Sayles movie is letting it sneak up on you. The unlikely trio of Bernice, Yolanda and Freddy comes into contact with enough characters to pack a novel.... It's the personal details, the interconnectedness of characters, that allow Sayles to create a world we can recognize as our own, no matter how dangerous or bizarre.... With the help of Hamilton, Ross and Olmos, sublime actors who radiate grit and grace, Sayles has made Go for Sisters a movie that stays inside your head long after you see it. It's a keeper." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
DIRECTOR: John Sayles
US Distributor: Variance Films