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Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest in Woody Allen's 'Hannah and her Sisters'

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Woody Allen’s biggest success of the eighties and his most popular film since Annie Hall, returns the director / writer to the same general territory of modern life and the challenges of sustaining romantic relationships, but this time within the context of family.

Mia Farrow takes the title role of Hannah with Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as her sisters in a tightly-knit family presided over by often bickering parents Maureen O’Sullivan (Farrow’s real-life mother) and Lloyd Nolan. Michael Caine, Max von Sydow, and Woody Allen are the men in their lives. As with most of Allen’s characters, they are all affluent and intellectually and artistically inclined, from the retired actor parents to struggling actress Wiest, a genial, nervous neurotic who could be Allen’s female counterpart. The bittersweet story is a superb balance of human drama and Allen’s brand of neurotic comedy (most of it supplied by Allen’s supporting performance as he goes searching for God through various religions) with a warmth not always seen in a lot his films.

Playful, affectionate, and very funny, it’s one of Allen’s most affirming comedies, a lovely celebration of true romance and Allen’s belief that the power of laughter can save the human soul. It won Academy awards for supporting performances by Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest and for Allen’s original screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Director. Also features Lewis Black and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in supporting roles and unbilled appearances by Allen regulars Tony Roberts and Sam Waterston.

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About Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker is a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, The Seattle Weekly, Keyframe, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org). He was a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nine years and a longtime home video columnist for IMDb and MSN Movies, and his work has appeared in Indiewire, Today.com, The Stranger, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, Filmfax, Psychotronic Video, and "The Scarecrow Video Guide." You can find links to all of this and more on his shamelessly self-promoting blog at http://www.seanax.com/

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