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Hannah and Her Sisters

1986

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  • There's no real resonance between the two halves of the film (the plots cross only for the somewhat arbitrary climax), yet Allen keeps things moving quickly enough that the film only reveals its basic shapelessness once it's over. Allen's way of setting himself up as a fount of moral wisdom is as insufferable as ever, but at least the preachiness is alleviated by some genuine wit.

  • The film’s breezy pace ensures that you don’t fixate on Allen’s flourishes, which include multiple narrators, white-on-black chapter titles, and an architectural interlude scored to an excerpt from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The filmmaker empathizes with his characters but doesn’t cut them many breaks; even Hannah, a brilliant actress and domestic goddess, ultimately comes off as passive-aggressive and clingy.

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