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Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters(Woody Allen, 1986)
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, Julie Kavner, Woody Allen
Genre: Comedy, Drama

A movie about...
Hanna and her complex relationships with her two sisters, family members and their spouses. We see that their lives are interwoven, as we follow them over a two year period that starts at a Thanksgiving dinner, and ends two years latter on another Thanksgiving. During that time Hanna's husband falls for her sister, while Hanna's old ex falls for her other sister. Hanna is the reliable one.

Review: One of Woody Allen's best movies and he's made a lot of great ones. Woody won an Oscar for Best Screen Play. This is a Woody Allen film and everybody is neurotic or self indulgent or otherwise troubled...we quickly learn that as we watch a group of New York intellectuals going trying to get their complicated lives in order. And apparently Woody wrote this about Mia Farrow and her real life mother Maureen O'Sullivan, which makes the movie all the more interesting.

Mia Farrow said of the film, "It was my mother's stunned, chill reaction to the script that enabled me to see how he [Woody Allen] had taken many of the personal circumstances and themes of our lives, and, it seemed, had distorted them into cartoonish characterizations. At the same time he was my partner. I loved him. I could trust him with my life. And he was a writer: this is what writers do...He had taken the ordinary stuff of our lives and lifted it into art. We were honored and outraged".

Hanna and her sisters: Mia Farrow, Barbara Hersey and Dianne Wiest.

Barbara Hershey was looking pretty cute in this, she's really charming too. Which works well as we have to understand how Michael Caine could cheat on his wife, Hanna (Mia Farrow), who's also cute and a really nice person...so Barbara has to be all the more charming to make the story line believable.

Woody packs his film with a star studded cast that is both believable and feels as if they really belong married, or divorced from each other! I thought the characters were complex enough to make me want to watch this again. There are many moments that seemed like real life, and that's high praise for any film. Oh and I laughed too.

There's too many actors here to praise them all. Michael Caine who plays Hanna's husband won Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Dianne Wiest won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of the free spirited but troubled sister, Dianne Wiest who brings a kooky, ecliptic energy to the film. And despite her initial negativeness to dating Woody Allen's character we end up liking her.

Woody plays himself, go figure! He's a New York TV writer/producer, a hypochondriac that panics through out most of the film. He was funny, lets face it no one plays Woody like Woody!

A bit of fun trivia, all the scenes inside Hanna's apartment were actually filmed inside Mia Farrow's own apartment.

I really liked this! It's one of Woody Allen's best films.