Hannah And Her Sisters

Must-See Cinema! Winner of three 1986 Academy Awards!

Poster art for Hannah And Her SistersWoody Allen never met a neurotic woman character he didn’t like, but, of all his self-conscious and uncertain ladies, Dianne Wiest, as a would-be actress, singer, and writer in Hannah And Her Sisters,  is probably the most heartbreaking.

The movie is one of Allen’s richly photographed love letters to upper-bourgeois New York; it’s not as incisive as Annie Hall and Manhattan, but Allen weaves together the complex narrative strands with ease, punctuating the many variations on betrayal and love with three festive Thanksgiving dinners (filmed in Mia Farrow’s apartment).

Allen himself appears as a tv writer-producer going through a crisis. As he walks around the city searching for meaning in Catholicism and Hare Krishna, Wiest searches in a more practical way – she’s looking for a place she can fit in. She can hardly speak without apologizing for herself, and her hesitations, retreats, fresh assertions, and collapses are timed with comic perfection. And her happiness in the end, however conventionally arrived at, is the kind of warming moment that’s rare in Allen’s work.

– David Denby, The New Yorker

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