In Woody Allen’s highly psychoanalytic and quite anthropocentric films, both dramatic and comic dialogue skillfully co-exist. Hannah and Her Sisters‘ characters seem familiar, while its plot is awfully realistic. A film utterly inspired by real-life concerns.
Three sisters, Hannah, Holly and Lee, are at the heart of this film. Every subplot concerns either the complicated relations between them, or their relationships with other people; their parents, spouses or ex-lovers. We only get to see a small part of their lives (about two years) over which they attend three consecutive Thanksgiving Dinner Parties. The first dinner signals the beginning of the story, the second becomes a breaking point in their lives whilst, the third, brings closure to this parenthesis.
Besides its remarkable acting and well-written screenplay, the film’s direction deserves a special mention. Allen entitled each act differently as if they were chapters in a book and, at the same time, he took over the film’s narration (at least indirectly), being both a director and a lead. Although his character’s concerns regarding the (non)existence of God are much deeper than the everyday problems of the rest of his co-leads, they seem less significant, acting as a link and making him appear omnipresent.