Bernice and Fontayne grew so close, people said they could "go for sisters," but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne a recovering addict fresh out of jail, Bernice her new parole officer. When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, 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 detective Freddy Suárez and plunge into the seedy underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before time runs out for Rodney. 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 Oscar nominee John Sayles (“Lone Star,” “Passion Fish”).
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
As long as "Go for Sisters" is focused on its characters, it remains on firm ground. But the flimsy detective story draped over them is underdeveloped and too sluggishly paced to take hold.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 11.07.2013
With the help of Hamilton, Ross and Olmos, sublime actors who radiate grit and grace, Sayles has made Go for Sisters a movie that stays inside your head long after you see it. It's a keeper.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 11.07.2013
The actors' unforced chemistry defies the artifice. Olmos' delectable hamminess and Hamilton's unfussy performance convey volumes. Ross, guarded and resilient, is a revelation.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 11.14.2013
The mechanical plotting fades into the background as the personal connections become increasingly compelling.Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 11.07.2013