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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

The siblings: Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman)

What puts them at odds? Mary becomes mistress to Henry VIII, putting her entire family in line for advancement and favour. But as the King’s affections wane, her sister Anne leaps into the breach.

Blame the father and the uncle – or perhaps the patriarchy. Firstly, they tried to set up Anne with the king in order to gain riches and positions of power for themselves. When that didn’t take, they pushed Mary to fill the gap. Then, when Mary was confined following her pregnancy with Henry’s son, the devious pair brought Anne back from abroad and once again thrust her at the King – with first regal and later headless consequences. Even so, one can’t help thinking that if the sisters had talked a little more, they could have avoided all those accusations of adultery, treason and witchcraft against Anne and their brother George (Jim Sturgess).

Which sibling is your favourite?

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