Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
The siblings: Hannah (Mia Farrow), Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest)
What puts them at odds? Lee has an affair with Hannah’s husband; Holly borrows money from her sister before marrying Hannah’s ex.
This is a Woody Allen film, so here is the sort of sibling relationship that involves a lot of talking and hand-waving rather than the sort that devolves into violence. Everyone’s analyst gets a work-out, as successful actress and generally pulled-together sister Hannah props up her messier siblings and deals with the fallout from their emotional entanglements. That support holds even when she gets pulled into their tangled weave via her philandering husband. One of Allen’s best films, this remains funny and unexpectedly warm, but it’s the darker, sadder undercurrents that really give the characters a sense of life.
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