Rent Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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The eldest daughter of show-biz parents, Hannah (Mia Farrow) is a devoted wife, loving mother and successful actress. A loyal supporter of her two aimless sisters (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest), she's also the emotional backbone of a family that seems to resent her stability almost as much as they depend on it. But when Hannah's perfect world is quietly sabotaged by sibling rivalry, she finally begins to see that she's as lost as everyone else, and in order to find herself, she'll have to choose - between the independence her family can't live with… and the family she can't live without.
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Robert Greenhut
Woody Allen
Woody Allen, Robert Greenhut, Susan E Morse, Carol Joffe, Stuart Wurtzel
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
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1987 BAFTA Best Direction

1987 BAFTA Best Original Screen Play

1987 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

1987 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

1987 Oscar Best Music Original Song

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Top of the class - Hannah and Her Sisters review by HM

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Somehow Allen's jokes/one liners work in this serious drama about emotional entanglement within a family and self doubt over desires. Wonderfully done and a classic. Haven't seen it? Well make sure you do, also Michael Cane's finest hour. You won't be anything less than addicted from the start, witty, well observed and absorbing; unless of course you are primarily into Guardians of the Galaxy 2 type films.....

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Updated 07/03/2021

Woody returns to straight drama (save a few comic lines for himself) but this has an energy that was missing from Interiors. It follows the conflicts and heartaches of three sisters and the men who orbit their lives over two years, bookended by a pair of Thanksgiving parties.

Allen is the former husband of Mia Farrow's Hannah who marries Holly (Diane Wiest) having faced a crisis when he becomes convinced he has a terminal illness. Michael Caine is Hannah's present husband who has an affair with the middle sister, April (Barbara Hershey). For this film, the critical acclaim that had somehow evaded Allen through the eighties, finally landed.

 It has a brilliant script which deservedly won the Oscar and the cast don't fluff it. I'm not usually impressed by Michael Caine, but here he is most sympathetic as a philanderer stricken by a bad conscience. It's such a treat to see Max von Sydow as an impenetrable, brittle intellectual, a relentless pessimist in a relationship with April. And from the golden age, Hannah's parents are played by Lloyd Nolan and Mia's real mother, Maureen O'Sullivan ('such a boozy flirt').

But best of all is Diane Wiest who brings so much necessary elan to the film and whose captivating appeal gives the great ending ('I'm pregnant!') such a kick. It is an actors film, in which Wiest and Caine won Oscars but we also get one of the most beautiful portrayals of Manhattan through the eyes of an architect played by Sam Waterson. Having faced death and finding no solace in religion, Woody finds epiphany through the Marx Brothers. Such a classic Allen resolution.

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