John Sayles has pretty much done it all. A pioneer in independent cinema, the writer/director has been cutting his own path through the American movie landscape, with film after film featuring rich characters, unique stories and delivering the kind layered drama and comedies that especially these days are all too rare. With two Oscar nominations to his name, Sayles has done everything from making tiny movies on shoestring budgets, acclaimed indies with an ensemble roster of stars and even dabbling in the blockbuster world as a writer from time-to-time. But his latest, “Go For Sisters,” finds Sayles right in his wheelhouse, with another distinct drama, set in a carefully realized world.
The film stars LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Isaiah Washington, Hector Elizondo, Harold Perrineau and Edward James Olmos, and tells the story of close childhood friends, Bernice Stokes and Fontayne Gamble, who grew apart. Twenty years later, Fontayne is now a recovering addict, fresh out of jail, Bernice is her parole officer, and when the latter’s son goes missing on the Mexican border she has to use her old friend’s contacts to help track him down. And in this exclusive scene from the movie, we see that this means blurring the line the legal and illegal, as Fontayne has to engage with folks who may not be completely on the straight and narrow.
“Go For Sisters” opens today in New York City, next week in Los Angeles and will continue expanding from there. Watch below.