2013 / Director. Stanley M Brooks.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
PERFECT SISTERS is a blend of HEATHERS, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and HEAVENLY CREATURES. With the sensibilities of each of those films it tells the true story of two Canadian sisters who murdered their junkie mother when the neglect and abuse became too much for them to bare. Their story was big national news at the time and their crime divided the nation. The film takes a sympathetic view and tells their story from a compassionate and understanding point of view. Told with dark humour and fragments of fantasy, the film explores the themes of substance abuse, domestic abuse and sexual abuse to the point that the viewer can be forgiven for condoning their premeditated crime. The story unfolds well with the help of strong performances, particularly Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino and James Russo. They're all really good and Sorvino gives her best performance in years as the deadbeat mother constantly looking for a fix. Abigail Breslin, on the other hand, is the film's weakest link. She truly overacts and brings it down a few notches. Perhaps she was portraying an annoying character, or perhaps her own acting style is what's irritating... I suspect it's the latter. Nevertheless all of the other players keep the film afloat and help make it an unexpected delight (for lack of better word). My mind kept going back to Peter Jackson's HEAVENLY CREATURES and this film does take a lot of ques from it. The moments of fantasy are particularly reminiscent, although not as dominating as Jackson's film... and with the two sisters forming a murder club at school with other kids, the movie takes on a very similar tone to HEATHERS. Aside from the story itself, the movie doesn't offer much appeal. There is very little marketing surrounding it and the poster/cover art is atrocious. Whether it's the poster I have featured with this article or the alternative artwork... both suck. I guess the only thing that will encourage people to see the film is word of mouth... and so I recommend you check it out. Go on.