Go For Sisters is the 18th feature film written and directed by independent cinema pioneer John Sayles.
Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.
When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney's world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners.
As much a story of relationships as a story of crime, GO FOR SISTERS is a welcome return to the border for master filmmaker and two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles (“Lone Star,” “Passion Fish”).
“Sayles gives us vibrant, complex characters inhabited by actors who burrow deep — a reminder of how scarce classical, involving human drama is at the movies nowadays.” – Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
“A run for the border as gripping and complex as his 1996 Lone Star… The hunt is fraught with tension, though Sayles – as always, keeping the action at street level and vividly filling the screen with a culture’s sights, sounds, and rich, distinctive characters – makes us as concerned for the fate of two women’s friendship as for a man’s life.” – Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
“John Sayles' working-class obsessions are put to good use in borderland detective tale… Sisters knows exactly what it’s doing.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“Ever since Return of the Secaucas 7, Sayles has managed to explore the nuances of interpersonal dramas with undeniable finesse.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Go for Sisters is an original, artfully blending humor and drama as these three journey to Mexico from California. The performances here are what you expect from a Sayles film: powerful and understated.” –Elizabeth Stoddard, The Austin Film Society
“Sayles continues to focus on depth of character above and beyond anything else, which is surely a good thing, providing richness to his stories most of his contemporaries don’t bother with.” – Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net