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Sister (l'enfant D'en Haut)

release date 26 October '12

15 rated certificate
what's the story

Writer/director Ursula Meier's SISTER is a deeply affecting humanist drama of two siblings struggling to find a place in the world, and their determination to maintain self-sufficiency, no matter the cost.

12-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives in a ramshackle apartment in an industrial valley at the base of the Swiss Alps with his restless older sister Louise (Léa Seydoux). Every day Simon takes the cable car up to the opulent ski resorts above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down below. Meanwhile Louise drifts through an aimless life of dead-end jobs and promiscuity, sometimes disappearing for days on end; her relationship with Simon hovers precariously between tenderness and resentment.

As Louise becomes more and more dependent on his meagre earnings, Simon ups the stakes by ingratiating himself with a wealthy tourist (Gillian Anderson) and her family, and -- even more dangerously -- by partnering with a crooked British seasonal worker (Martin Compston). But this new-found 'wealth' does not transform his life in the way he imagined, and his fragile relationship with Louise fractures into dangerous new territory, with unimaginable repercussions.

Against the striking canvas of the Alps (expertly captured by cinematographer Agnes Godard) and with a haunting score by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, Meier adroitly explores the intimacy of two lost souls, both struggling with unique forms of self-deceit, but also an unquenchable thirst for love.

genre(s):  Drama
director:  Ursula Meier
film cast:  Gabin Lefebvre, Gillian Anderson, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Kacey Mottet Klein, La Seydoux
certificate:  15
distributor:  Soda Pictures
running time:  100 Mins

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