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Sister 2013 UNRATED

4.3 out of 5 stars (8) IMDb 7.1/10

Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (La Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them.

Starring:
Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Genres Drama, International
Director Ursula Meier
Starring Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein
Supporting actors Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson, Jean-François Stévenin, Yann Trégouët, Gabin Lefebvre, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Simon Guélat, Mike Winter, Yannick Ruiz, Vincent Fontannaz, Alain Börek, Frédéric Mudry, Ange Ruzé, Enrique Estevez, Frédéric Macé, Mathieu Lager, Luc Tissot, Calvin Oberson
Studio Kino Lorber
MPAA rating Unrated
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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`Sister' or `L'enfant d'en haut' to give it its proper title is one of those amazing films that quite often pass us by. It is essentially the story of Simon played by an amazing little actor Kacey Mottet Klein. He lives with the `sister' of the title or rather he exists with her. She is what we used to call a flibbertigibbet or moreover a woman who like men a lot - probably too much. This means she finds it hard to hold down a job and a man. When she gets in the mood she just disappears and leaves the young boy to his own devices.

Simon has thus devised his own ways of getting by and as this is based in a Swiss skiing resort he makes a living by stealing from the tourists and selling to the kids at school, or the local workers or anyone with a few Euros to spare. He is thus the provider. We also have a side story involving one of the local cooks, Mike played by Martin Compston (`Donkeys' and `Soulboy'). The two of them live in some crummy tower block which is surrounded by open space, so why build such a horrible thing?

This is from director Ursula Meier who is also a writer and actress, and she has made a simple yet extremely compelling film. The young lead is heartbreakingly good as is his selfish `sister' played with a right balance of guilt and extreme self interest by Lea Seydoux (`Inglorious Basterds' and Robin Hood'). This is in French with a fair smattering of English, good sub titles and last for 97 minutes. It does have one of those endings that make you want to know more; so some may find it less rewarding because of that. However, with all good to great films it is the journey as much as the destination that matters and if you use those criteria this is really well above being just `good'. I was absolutely taken with it and was giving it five stars but because of the issue I mentioned above I am going with the four, I can however still highly recommend this fine piece of film making.
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`Sister' or `L'enfant d'en haut' to give it its proper title is one of those amazing films that quite often pass us by. It is essentially the story of Simon played by an amazing little actor Kacey Mottet Klein. He lives with the `sister' of the title or rather he exists with her. She is what we used to call a flibbertigibbet or moreover a woman who like men a lot - probably too much. This means she finds it hard to hold down a job and a man. When she gets in the mood she just disappears and leaves the young boy to his own devices.

Simon has thus devised his own ways of getting by and as this is based in a Swiss skiing resort he makes a living by stealing from the tourists and selling to the kids at school, or the local workers or anyone with a few Euros to spare. He is thus the provider. We also have a side story involving one of the local cooks, Mike played by Martin Compston (`Donkeys' and `Soulboy'). The two of them live in some crummy tower block which is surrounded by open space, so why build such a horrible thing?

This is from director Ursula Meier who is also a writer and actress, and she has made a simple yet extremely compelling film. The young lead is heartbreakingly good as is his selfish `sister' played with a right balance of guilt and extreme self interest by Lea Seydoux (`Inglorious Basterds' and Robin Hood'). This is in French with a fair smattering of English, good sub titles and last for 97 minutes. It does have one of those endings that make you want to know more; so some may find it less rewarding because of that. However, with all good to great films it is the journey as much as the destination that matters and if you use those criteria this is really well above being just `good'. I was absolutely taken with it and was giving it five stars but because of the issue I mentioned above I am going with the four, I can however still highly recommend this fine piece of film making.
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The French language sure sounds good when hearing about love, whether it's the romantic kind, or the twisted and broken kind of familial love presented in the film Sister. This sad tale of the relationship between a brother and sister trying to survive within a few miles of a ritzy Swiss Ski resort could've devolved into a story of the one percent versus the 99 percent. Fortunately for us, writer Antoine Jaccoud and writer/director Ursula Meier chose to focus on a young boy and what he will do to get love from, and give love to, a sister who doesn't deserve or appreciate his devotion.

Ironically enough, 12-year-old Simon is the one keeping the fragile hold he and Louise have on their lives. He's the 'organizer,' as Louise calls him, who's resorted to stealing items from the ski resort that he in turn sells, then uses the money for rent and food. Simon takes advantage of his young age, blending into the crowd with that kid-like cloak of invisibility that renders him imperceptible to the adults, while other kids just assume he's one of them. This makes it easy for him to walk away with the valuable equipment carelessly left lying around.

Mottet-Klein is a powerhouse actor in a very small package; he has taken this film and carried it on his very capable shoulders. A majority of Sister is spent following Simon around, watching as he hustles his way with the confidence of someone much older. Seydoux is spectacular as the wayward Louise, who really has no direction in life at all, and instead of taking care of her younger brother, has developed an unnatural dependence on him while she makes one disastrous decision after another.
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