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also known as Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks

Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness1979

  • 3.8
  • passes the bechdel test
Two sisters share a complex and compelling relationship in the well crafted film about sibling rivalry. Anna seems dependent, emotionally and economically, on Maria. Successive inward turns of the screw reveal them, Siamese twin-like, bonded to one another, so that eventually it is uncertain as to who exploits and dominates whom. SISTERS, OR THE BALANCE OF HAPPINESS probes into psychic extremes, it is both tender and violent, delicate and melodramatic.

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Member Reviews (4)

top reviewer

Absolutely fascinating! Startling and moving! I want to watch it again before trying to say more.

top reviewer

Maria is a carefully drawn and fascinating villain - all the more because she would never see herself as such. She leaves a rather impressive amount of destruction in the wake of her highly controlled routine.

top reviewer

An extremely interesting movie. I found it dark, sad and very thoughtful.

Lost interest half way through the film. The sisters' relationship became boring to watch.