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With a very self-explanatory title and a director such as Woody Allen, the text across the screen helps to relay the novelistic feel adding an extra touch to keep you immersed in the movie. Each major scene was broken up in this way and made Hannah and Her Sisters very easy to follow.

With the first scene of the movie, we are introduced to the accountant, lusting over his wife’s (Hannah) sister. Even this every obvious from its title that not only hanna is on the minds of these men but also her sisters, proves how much we stray from our original path but still try to remain organized. The accountant gives Hannah’s sister a book from a bookstore they visited together and tells her “read page forty-two” as a way to insight his feelings for her. The organization of feelings written by another person means that he won’t have to admit that they are his own when asked by his wife, Hannah. Everyone knows they have feelings for one another, but how well they organize the secrecy, the deception-that’s what keeps the movie light and enticing.

Allen takes very lighthearted characters and puts them into very complex situations with double-sided resolutions in order to provide a contrast for the intended viewer. The beginning of the love triangles and all the strife involved falls onto the lap of Elliot, the accountant because of his sudden passion for Hannah’s sister Lee. The plot thickens because Lee returns these feelings to Elliot and now they are both liars and cheaters in the most basic and technical sense.

Given their passion for one another, Elliott and Lee seem to almost be trapped in the wrong relationships. Lee with a downtrodden Bohemian artist and Elliot with his wife, he has come to lose passion for. All of this giving an underlying motif that at some point both Elliott and Lee could fall out of love in the same way they have with their partners.

Each sister holds the characteristics that their current partner doesn’t really like about them and causes them to fall for another sister. Hannah is very nurturing of others and Elliot, but Elliot wants emotion, and attraction which he seeks from Lee. Holly still tries to figure herself out due to all of her insecurities but is actually quite pretty.

Being that Woody Allen also plays the character Mickey and is the director of this film, his character has a better overview of the other characters. Wes see this with the first person feel of the text for each scene because Woody directed the film and plays more than one role in its presentation and development. Mickey’s character as well as the parents of the sisters hold a knowledge of the others not even they know about themselves. This leaves room for self-discovery, a theme we see with Lee being so down to earth, Holly being so worried and Hannah being so nurturing. There is room to not be like their parents, but instead in some ways they have become exactly like them-in relationships with no beneficial qualities.

Watching this movie gives insight for the lives of those who are in either a long-standing or just begging relationship. The deeper meaning is there is always room for improvement, but the improvement doesn’t mean to live your life ‘by the book,’ it means to be true to what you love and being prepared to sometimes face the truth that you will sometimes hurt the ones you love.

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