Movie review: “Go for Sisters” has character, skimps on plot

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From the November 14, 2013 edition

In his latest film “Go for Sisters,” writer-director John Sayles creates three layered and complex characters. The same cannot be said for the flimsy plot they inhabit.

Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) are former friends now on different sides of the tracks, Bernice a tough parole officer, Fontayne a recovering addict trying to straighten out her life.

But when Bernice’s estranged son is in trouble, she needs Fontayne’s connections, eventually leading the pair to Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos), a detective who follows the trail across the Mexican border.

Sayles (“Lone Star”) spends more time developing the backstory than the present mystery, so while the lead actors do a fine job, the overall engagement isn’t there.

It’s a shame, too, because this a rare film with two strong female African-American leads. But, like it or not, story matters.

Photo courtesy of Variance Films