Sisters, The / Le Sorelle (1969)

2.5 out of 5

This French/Italian co-production from 1969 is in essence a bit of a melodrama. Starring the late Susan Strasberg and Nathalie Delon as the eponymous sisters we are treated to a tale of a ménage à trois and jealousy with a difference; for the sexy sisters were once incestuous lesbian lovers.

While it is the case that Le sorelle is low on action it is a true visual delight and is at times stylistically reminiscent of the work of giallo masters such as Martino, particularly in terms of lighting and composition and so on.

Not unlike films such as The Lickerish Quartet or possibly The Coming Of Sin, which also benefit form the small core cast, the slim premise is bolstered by the occasional diversion to perk up the interests but finds it's real strength in the interaction between the characters of the drama itself.

If this film will have any appeal then it will be to the fans of the sassy Eurocult of the late sixties and early seventies; those who like the styling of Sergio Martino's gialli or fans of Jess Franco's work of the era for example.

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