ⓘ Sisters (2001 film)

                                     

ⓘ Sisters (2001 film)

Sisters is a 2001 Russian crime film directed by Sergei Bodrov, Jr. It is notable as being his first and only film as director due to his death while filming his second film the year after. It was awarded Grand Prix for the Best Debut at the 2001 Kinotavr film festival.

                                     

1. Plot

Sveta Oksana Akinshina and Dina Katya Gorina are two half-sisters. Dina is spoiled and lives with her mother Natalia Tatiana Kolganova and father Alik Roman Ageyev, who is a mid-ranking gangster, while Sveta lives with her grandma Tatyana Tkach in a more humble existence and wishes to be a sniper in the Russian Army.

Upon Aliks release from prison after doing some time for a robbery, some of his old associates demand him to pay them back some money he allegedly owes. When he refuses, they attempt to kidnap the two girls to try to intimidate him to give them the money. However they manage to escape, and go on the run from the mob through semi-rural Russia while their father attempts to sort affairs with the other gangsters.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Aleksandr Bashirov as Seifullin
  • Yekaterina Gorina as Dinara "Dina" Murtazaeva
  • Oksana Akinshina as Svetlana "Sveta" Malakhov
  • Roman Ageyevas Albert "Alik" Murtazaev dubbed by Mikhail Razumovski
  • Andrey Krasko as Misha
  • Kirill Pirogov as a gangster who pursues the girls
  • Dmitry Orlov as Aleksandr Palych, ment
  • Sergei Bodrov, Jr. as guy from jeep
  • Tatiana Kolganova as Natalia Murtazaeva
                                     

3. Connections to the Brother films

Some believe that Sisters is the unofficial third entry in the Brother film series. Besides the title and the criminal themes, all three feature Sergei Bodrov Jr. onscreen: in Sisters he appears as a possibly mob-connected New Russian. In his last interview Bodrov confirmed that this was indeed a cameo of his Danila character from the Brother films, his way of "saying hello to Balabanov" rather than an attempt to continue the story.