(l-r) LISAGAY HAMILTON, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS and YOLONDA ROSS
There are so many interesting stories going on in Go For Sisters, that each has enough depth to carry its own movie.
However, the story that engulfs this drama is sufficient.
The story goes something like this. Bernice, played by the always authentic and always engaging LisaGay Hamilton, is a parole officer whose son, Rodney, goes missing on the Mexican border. Unfortunately his friends are of no help to Bernice in terms of finding Rodney because they have all gone into hiding or were brutally murdered.
YOLONDA ROSS, ISIAH WASHINGTON and LISAGAY HAMILTON
Bernice is also the parole officer of Fontayne (Yolonda Ross), a friend she knew 20 years prior. Fontayne has hit on hard times. She is a recovering addict fresh out of jail. On the surface, Bernice and Fontayne couldn’t be more different.
Because Fontayne has her ear to the street, Bernice enlists her services to help find her son. Enter
disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos), a gruffy, no-nonsense sort who agrees to help the pair. He knows the underbelly of Tijuana and agrees to help the women navigate their way through a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops.
During this intense adventure, Bernice gets to see how her friend has had to make it by using her wits and street smarts. Through their time together the women learn how, even though their lives took very different paths, they have more in common than they thought.
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS
Bernice is proof positive that a mother will do whatever a mother has to do to save and protect her child.
Go For Sisters rings with a lot of truth and genuineness.
This independent film is a gem.
Director John Sayles has assembled an intoxicating cast that delivers solid performances.
On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (OK) and E (excellent), Go For Sisters gets an E (excellent).