Infobox Film
name = Hermanas

caption = Theatrical poster
director = Julia Solomonoff
producer = Mariela Besuievski Pablo Bossi
Florencia Enghel Gerardo Herrero Vanessa Ragone Walter Salles Ariel Saúl
writer = Julia Solomonoff
narrator =
starring = Valeria Bertuccelli Ingrid Rubio Adrián Navarro
music = Jorge Drexler Lucio Godoy
cinematography = Ramiro Civita
editing = Rosario Suárez
distributor = Cinema Tropical
released = Argentina: April 14 2005 (Buenos Aires Film Festival) Canada: September 9 2005 (Toronto Film Festival)
runtime = 88 minutes 100 minutes (USA)
country = Argentina Brazil Spain
language = Spanish
budget =
website = http://www.cinematropical.com/distribution/hermanas.htm
amg_id = 1:329267
imdb_id = 0362718

"Hermanas" (English: "Sisters") (2005) is an Argentine, Brazilian, and Spanish drama film, written and directed by Julia Solomonoff, her first feature motion picture. The picture has a number of producers, including: Mariela Besuievski, Pablo Bossi, Florencia Enghel, Gerardo Herrero, Vanessa Ragone, Walter Salles, and Ariel Saúl. [imdb title|id=0362718|title=Hermanas.]

The film features Valeria Bertuccelli, Ingrid Rubio, among others.


In 1976, during the political turmoil in Argentina, two sisters flee their country right after Natalia's politically active boyfriend Martin disappeares; one goes to Spain, and the other to Texas, United States.

After eight years in Spain, Natalia (Ingrid Rubio) travels to Texas to visit her sister Elena (Valeria Bertuccelli), who's now a suburban wife and mother.

She brings with her their father's manuscript of his last novel. The unpublished novel reveals the story of their family during the Argentine dictatorship.

Using extensive flashbacks of the sisters early years in Argentina during the "junta" dictatorship, the director reveals family guilt and suppressed resentment.


The film is based on the real political events that took place in Argentina after Jorge Rafael Videla's reactionary military "junta" assumed power in March 24, 1976. During the junta's rule: the parliament was suspended, unions, political parties and provincial governments were banned, and in what became known as the Dirty War between 9,000 and 30,000 people deemed left-wing "subversives" disappeared from society. [ [http://www.yendor.com/vanished/ The Vanished Gallery] . Web site documenting the disappeared in Argentina, 2007.]


* Valeria Bertuccelli as Elena Levín
* Ingrid Rubio as Natalia Levin
* Adrián Navarro as Sebastián Morini
* Nicolás Pauls as Martín García Solís
* Milton De La Canal as Tomás Morini
* Horacio Peña as David Levin
* Mónica Galán as Marta Levín
* Eusebio Poncela as Luis Morini
* Pedro Balmaceda as Steve
* Gustavo Pastorini as American Tourist

Critical reception

Jeannette Catsoulis, film critic for "The New York Times" liked the film, especially the acting of Valeria Bertuccelli and Ingrid Rubio, and wrote, "Though constrained by a directing style that insists on coloring within the lines, the movie is most successful in the rocky emotional spaces in which the sisters renegotiate their relationship and in which Elena, struggling with English, endures the painful process of assimilation...both actresses make their director look very good indeed." [ [http://movies2.nytimes.com/2006/12/06/movies/06herm.html Catsoulis, Jeannette] . "The New York Times," film review, "A Long Way Traveled, With Farther Still to Go," December 6, 2006.]

In the same vein, Jonathan Holland, film critic for "Variety" magazine, appreciated the acting but gave the film a mixed review and wrote, "The political skeleton of 1970's Argentina rolls out of the closet to mostly positive effect in Julia Solomonoff's "Sisters," a solidly-built but somewhat airless debut from the assistant director of "The Motorcycle Diaries." The complex plot doesn't fully exploit the possibilities for suspense, but first-class perfs, great atmospherics and an upbeat message combine to make the pic work better as a sibling drama than as a thriller." [ [http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117926983.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&p=0 Holland, Joanathan] . "Variety," film review, May 4, 2005. Last accessed: February 17, 2008.]

Critic V.A. Mesetto thought the screenplay was predictable but also likes the acting, and wrote, "Solomonoff draws out vivid performances by Valeria Bertuccelli (Elena) and Ingrid Rubio (Natalia) that make up for the script's predictability." [ [http://www.nypost.com/seven/12082006/entertainment/movies/secrets_of_the_argentine_sisterhood_movies_v_a__musetto.htm Mesetto,V.A] . "The New York Post" film review, "Secrets of the Argentine Sisterhood," December 8, 2006.]

Film critic Ed Gonzalez wrote, "Solomonoff doesn't strike very interesting contrasts between past and present, but her actresses certainly do: Rubio and Bertucelli express how resentment eats away at their characters' sisterhood so richly that the many flashbacks to Argentina, shot uninterestingly in gritty hand-held gestures, seem almost unnecessary." [ [http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/film_review.asp?ID=2674 Gonzalez, Ed] . "Slant Magazine," film review, 2006. Last accessed: February 17, 2008.]


The film was first presented at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema on April 14, 2005. It opened wide in the country on April 28, 2005.

The film was screened at various film festivals, including: the Toronto Film Festival, Canada, on September 9, 2005; the São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil; the Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain; the Bangkok International Film Festival, Thailand; the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival, France; and others.

In the United States it opened in New York City on December 6, 2006.


A Region 2 DVD, was released in Europe on May 16, 2006 by Cameo Media.


* Valladolid International Film Festival: Golden Spike, Julia Solomonoff; 2005.
* Butaca Awards: Butaca; Best Catalan Film Actress, Ingrid Rubio; 2006.
* Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Actress, Valeria Bertuccelli; Best Costume Design, Beatriz De Benedetto and Fátima Macera; 2006.



External links

* [http://www.cinenacional.com/peliculas/index.php?pelicula=3196 "Hermanas"] at the cinenacional.com sp icon
* [http://www.leercine.com.ar/verNota.asp?id=30 "Hermanas"] film review at "Leer Cine" by Daniela Vilaboa sp icon

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