Emma Dante leaves the theatrical origins of her stage play far behind as she transports us through five decades in the lives of siblings transformed by a single tragic moment.
Dante's adaptation begins with the event that takes place during the most formative moments of youth and proves so devastating in its impact all involved are left emotionally crippled as their enter adulthood and beyond. Exquisitely shot, initially capturing the joyous moments of a carefree summer, Dante's beautifully realised drama changes actors as time goes by, with each evincing the emotional toll of what they lived through. Avoiding the pitfalls of melodrama, 'The Macaluso Sisters' draws its tension from the subtle interplay of the characters and the regret they feel at being robbed of the life they had hoped to live. It's through these understated portraits that the film succeeds in its study of loss.
★★★★ "A touching story, expertly told." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "A hauntingly lovely, strikingly unusual
portrait of family trauma." - Wendy Ide, The Financial Times
★★★★ "A sibling tragedy makes for devastating drama" - Kevin Maher, The Times