Podcast: The Sisters Brothers + Happy as Lazzaro
Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed… well yee-haw! On this week’s episode of the Curzon podcast we go West to the dusty plains of the USA and Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, but not before paying a visit to the tobacco fields of Italy in Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro.
First up, we visit the perennially happy Lazzaro, a kind soul who would help anyone in his remote Italian village. Cut off from the outside world by a bridge that no one has the energy to fix, the inhabitants of the village are serfs to the Marchesa, whose son drafts Lazzaro into a kidnapping plot that quickly go awry.
Next we move with Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Dheepan) to the USA where he makes his English-language debut with Western, The Sisters Brothers. Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are brothers and assassins, on the trail of a chemist (Riz Ahmed) who has a formula that can highlight gold in rivers.
Discussing the films this week are Jake Cunningham, Kelly Powell, Ella Kemp and Sam Howlett.