24 – Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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Director: Woody Allen Starring: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Barbara Hershey, Michael Caine, Woody Allen Running time: 103 mins

Subject: Family events are the punctuation of this collection of chapters centring around the love lives of three sisters. There are some fine lines  (“I had a great evening. It was like the Nuremberg trials”) and, whenever he’s on screen, Allen is a joy. But – at the risk of being burned at the stake – the relentlessly wordy scenes verge into tiresome and the stellar cast feels somewhat frittered.

Like: Intellectual New Yorker take on Short Cuts.

Core truth: If you decide life isn’t worth living, Duck Soup rather than God will convince you otherwise.

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