Special Screenings – John Sayles
John Sayles • USA Philippines • 2010 • 124 mins • Fiction
Nov/Samhain 12, An Díseart, 12 noon • 211
John Sayles is the heart and soul of independent liberal filmmaking in the U.S. and he has triumphed once again with this small scale historical drama. Impeccably cast and masterfully written,.
The Philippine/American War has hardly been touched by Hollywood except for The Real Glory (1939), a flag waving whitewash of a controversial foreign incursion. Sayles is here to set the record straight and in this ambitious tale of a village invaded by naive American soldiers, he illuminates and entertains with his typically humanistic eye for people of all cultures, and the dark imperialistic inclinations of Western democracies.
Go For Sisters
John Sayles • USA • 2013 • 123 mins • Fiction
Nov/Samhain 11, An Díseart, 6pm • 132
Go for Sisters is a story of two childhood friends, who team up to solve the mysterious disappearance of Bernice’s troubled son Rodney, a suspect in a killing. The film’s title is explained in a throwaway bit of dialogue early on: as kids, the women were so close and so compatible that other people thought they could “go for sisters,” or be related. Their journey takes them across the border into Mexico.
Sayles is never better than when he’s delving deep into characters working together or at cross purposes, and pointing out how the reasons that people give for doing things are rarely the real reasons. He also gives you a sense that these characters existed long before the film began—that they have tangled personal histories that affect their decisions in the present. He also has a good journalist’s eye for cultural details.