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|Starring:||Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kate Bayley, Jeanette Maus, Mike Birbiglia, Evan Mosher|
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Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her familys island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jacks drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
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shalimar-4 15 May 2013
Short version: Nicely acted.. nicely directed etc etc.But worst F'ing ending.End of story(size limit sucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_ ) (size limitsucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_ ) (size limit sucks etcetc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_) (sizelimit sucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_ ) (size limit sucksetc etc_ ) (size limit sucks etc etc_)(size limit sucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_ ) (size limitsucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_ ) (size limit sucks etcetc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_) (sizelimit sucks etc etc_) (size limit sucks etc etc_ ) (size limit sucksetc etc_ ) (size limit sucks etc etc_)
Hellboy973 14 May 2013
My wife's a sport; she'll watch all of my odd picks. Most recently Isubjected her to 'Oldboy' (a re-viewing for me, a last viewing for her)so I figured I owed her one. Hence, 'Your Sister's Sister'. Besides, areviewer here that I respect recommended it, the premise did not soundunpalatable & I dig Emily Blunt (loved her in 'Prada').'Unpalatable' is, however, the perfect word for this dull, obvious andtotally un-charming film. It didn't ruin Emily for me, at least notirrevocably, but it did ruin a certain Mark Duplass. Beware the'auteur' who's driven to act in his own films. He 'produced' this onewhich, if the result equals the effort, amounted to rounding up all hisfriends and saying, 'Hey kids, let's put on a show!' I understand thatmuch of this was improvised, and it shows. The difference betweenbrilliant improv (Woody Allen, Mike Leigh & the Second City 'Best inShow' bunch') & this slight effort is that the former featurecharacters with multiple dimensions and actors capable of exploringthose characters. To me that sounds a lot harder than reading wordsfrom a script verbatim.Or, a lot easier if the characters are cutouts and you have nothingmuch to say. Dull characters, dull dialogue, predictable results. Atthe end, which features a literal 'result' that should be of greatimport, my wife and I just looked at each other and said,'Feh'.She did like Mark Duplass, which surprised me. She thought he was cute.As for me, I was interested in seeing 'Safety Not Guaranteed' until Isaw that he was the lead. Another 90 minutes with this sad sack and I'mgoing to need three back-to-back viewings of 'Ichi the Killer' just toget over it.
cynthiahost 14 May 2013
Ironically the actor who plays Jack, Mark Duplass,Duplass? looks alittle like an ex friend of mine, although he was more crazier thanJack.I'm sure that this movie would offend some lesbians and thepolitically correct when it shows character Hannah,who is supposed tobe a lesbian,who broke up with her lover, casually has sex withJack,without recognizing it as bisexuality.Not having any secondthought that it was not a women.Only to discover later on that she UNpurposelessly put holes in the condom cause she want to have a baby.Theway to cure a lesbian.This would be the fear that this movie ispromoting this message ,in the film.But really this is puresubjectivity Duplass plays Jack who's Brother Tom had died and hedoesn't know what to do next,how to live.In the party or wake he'sacting so sarcastic.Then Toms girl friend Iris, played by EmilyBlunt,who has this virgin Mary look, suggest he dust off his 10 speedbicycle and go on the ferry and stay at her families vacation lodge atthe lake for a while to start thinking about what to do with his .Butwhen he does,he discovers that the lodge is not empty,Iris's sister isthere ,Hannah,played by Rose Dewitte, after hitch hiking from her exlovers place.Oh another stereo type,Hannah is a vegetarian.Well afterthey both drink and chat,she invites him to bed.The next day he gets upto discover that Iris has showed up and is on her way to the door.Hequickly gets up to go to the other room.So the rest of the focus istrying not to tell Iris what they both did .Hannah don't care.But goesalong with him and not tell Iris,but Iris want to know how he feltabout her sister. It's when Iris and Hannah take a little walk in thewoods to the old cabin ,which is dilapidated, that she tells Irish thetruth.This is when Iris gets mad cause ,as it turns out Iris is in lovewith Jack.Once Jack finds out, he feels bad that he has come betweentoo sisters. He then finds out that Hannah's possibly pregnant .Wellafter every body forgive each other .Jack takes a bike ride to thinkwhether he can handle father hood.The scene I hate was when he blamedhis bike for the problem and tore it up with his helmet.Being a bikerider my self I would not of done that.This is a good movie .A Corpcatting film studio would not have made this film.Worth seeing .I sawit on show time on demand.02/22/13
t-pitt-1 13 May 2013
I was looking forward to seeing this film, having read severalfavourable reviews. So this afternoon I took myself off to my localcinema to check it out. I waited patiently through the first half- hour or so of the movie,hoping it would start getting interesting - soon! Please! When issomebody going to say or do something that takes my attention and makesme think? Or care?It is about a bunch of young, rich, smug, self-indulgent, middle- classpeople (I used a different word to describe them) sitting aroundtalking, having sexual intercourse (again I used a different word forthis activity), analysing themselves and each other ... Sorry. I just didn't care about any of it. So I got up and left. Thisfilm was just a) boring and b) irritating. Don't waste your time ormoney on it.
george.schmidt 12 May 2013
YOUR SISTER'S SISTER (2012) ***1/2 Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, RosemarieDeWitt. Funny, frank and keenly witted adult dramedy about two closefriends - Duplass and Blunt - dealing with one common bond - grievingover the loss of his brother; her lover - and after a year finding outthey are more than that only to have their budding romance infringedupon by her younger sister -DeWitt - a lesbian who has just walked outof a long-term relationship. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton withsharp and comic dialogue that feels very real and natural buoyed by thetrifecta of her actors all shining in their own ways and avoiding thecommon tropes of Nice-Guy-Too-Good-To-Be-True-Romantic;Flibbertigibbet-Yet-Too-Pretty-To-Be-True-BFF; andEarthy-Spacey-Lesbian-Sister - above and beyond. One of the year'sindie gems.
12 May 2013
I rather like the three leading actors in this film, and the story linecould have been interesting if it was more developed, but essentially,this film is disappointing. The whole movie is various conversationsbetween a man, and two half-sisters. The dialog, direction and actingdon't feel real, and the abundance of talk, talk, talk, becomes verytedious. Another criticism I have is that the lesbian character is notbelievable as a lesbian. I say this not because she is physicallyattractive and feminine looking, but because my gaydar tells me she'sstraight... it's just a feeling you get listening to her and looking ather. Emily Blont is probably a good actress, but because of thelimitations of this film, her talents do not come through. And the malelead (I don't know his name) is very frustrating to watch... basicallyhe's one big ZERO.... a loser and boring. I say, skip this flick.
Sindre Kaspersen 07 May 2013
American screenwriter, film editor, producer and director LynnShelton's third feature film which she wrote, was screened in theContemporary World Cinema section at the 36th Toronto InternationalFilm Festival in 2011, in the Spotlight section at the 11th TribecaFilm Festival in 2012, in the Spotlight section at the 28th SundanceFilm Festival in 2012 and is an American production which was shot onlocation in Washington State, USA and produced by producer StevenSchardt. It tells the story about Jack who is grieving the loss of hisbrother. After an advise from his best friend Iris, Jack goes to herfamily's holiday cottage and there he meets Iris's older sister Hannah.Acutely directed by American filmmaker Lynn Shelton, this finely tunedfictional tale draws an intimate portrayal of a photographer'srelationship with her sister and her close friend. While notable forit's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine productiondesign by production designer John Lavin and cinematography bycinematographer Benjamin Kasulke, this dialog-driven, romantic, wittyand compelling independent film depicts some empathic studies ofcharacter and contains a great score by composer Vinny Smith.This instantly involving drama triangle about friendship and love whichis set on an island in the countryside, is impelled and reinforced byit's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development andcontinuity, charming and witty characters and the terrific actingperformances by American actor, screenwriter and director Mark Duplass,English actress Emily Blunt and American actress Rosemarie Dewitt. Apoignant and wonderful character-piece.
ASlightlyRedDisturbance 07 May 2013
Your Sister's Sister is a well made, well written, very well acteddramedy. I think especially in its first half, it's just intriguingwatching these characters interact and seeing what developments unfoldnaturally. As it is, I think the third act of the film goes throughsome pretty rough edges. It never falls off the rails completely, butit also verges on the tone of a soap opera, with one too many natureshots and too much of the same melancholic music. Still, by the end itworks and I think the ending works for what the film was supposed tobe. It's the journey that matters.I think the three leads are all great. I've never seen Duplass beforebut he has some real talent, and Blunt of course delivers. But I wantto give a shout-out to Rosemarie DeWitt, one of my absolute favoriteunknown actresses. I first saw her in the short-lived TV seriesStandoff, where she was always impressing me. Then I saw her in MadMen, where her acting ability made me a real fan. Then came RachelGetting Married where she was, once again, superb, better than almostall of the Oscar nominees that year in Supporting Actress aside frommaybe the eventual winner, Penelope Cruz. Here, she gives her bestperformance to date, instantly illuminating the film in ways it hadn'tbefore. Her portrayal of Hannah easily makes her the most interestingof the bunch, and as it is, she blows the other two (who were stillgreat) out of the water. I really want to see DeWitt get more and moreinteresting projects.
Maarten Debacker 06 May 2013
This film is rather hard to put your finger on. If you've ever beenchallenged in a way that you'd feel would cross all borders making youunable to tell anyone, then you'll enjoy this flick. Otherwise some mayfind this a rather average viewing although the acting is superb. Thedepth of this film is certainly its moral content: putting yourselfaside in the scheme of bigger things, acceptance of missteps andunconditional love are weaved throughout. That's what sets it asidefrom other drama. I can imagine the lower than felt rating is mostlydue to the lack of empathy of its audience. There's isn't a whole lothappening in terms of action or strong dialog. In the hindsight of atragic loss of his brother a man loses it. His best friend- hisbrother's former girlfriend- offers him to go on a vacation in solitudeto her cabin. However, he bumps in on the sister of the woman that alsosuffered from a personal loss. Some new developments occur and later onhis best friend joins in. A series of complicated understandings arethe result. As far as the storyline this is where it stops withoutspoiling anything. The human interactions are however excellent, thisat any level: body language, the stories their eyes tell and theresonance in their voices. The three main characters perform each oneof them a stunning performance to say the least. There's so much youcan do with words, but a true actor knows how to evoke emotions withoutample of them. The events feel so real and this is when you know thecast does a tremendous job. Although Mark Duplass and Rosemarie De Wittboth do an extraordinary job at portraying their strongest feelings,it's Emily Blunt that's the epitome of method acting. With only aglance she's able to nail you to your seat. Speaking is silver...
Movie_Muse_Reviews 05 May 2013
Oftentimes, indie films can be summarized in a single Twitter hashtag:#firstworldproblems. Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" definitelyapplies, but fortunately, Shelton anchors her story with a script thatfeels dynamic and largely improvised as well as three excellent actors.The film takes place in Washington state, a year after the death ofJack's (Mark Duplass) brother and Iris' (Emily Blunt) ex-boyfriend.Jack and Iris have become best friends since. After talking to Jack,Iris can tell he needs a refresher, so she convinces him to spend sometime at her family's getaway home on an island off the coast. When hearrives, he unexpectedly encounters Iris' older sister, Hannah(Rosemarie DeWitt), and the two engage in a drunken hookup that revealsto be a big problem when Iris turns up unannounced the next morning.It's really hard to see the conflict in this film at all, let alonefirst-world conflict, until we learn that Iris has been hiding intenseemotional feelings for Jack. Then it gets complicated, albeit the wholeordeal is really trifling start to finish. Somehow, however, Sheltoncompels us with these selfish sad-sack characters. Maybe it's similarto the way reality shows manage to make us care about the scum of theEarth, but more than likely it's how easily we can relate to theseconflicts, because most of us likely to watch "Your Sister's Sister"only deal with first- world problems.If the Pacific Northwest setting weren't so critical to the film'saesthetic, you might wonder if Shelton's film was a play first. Thescenes are lengthier and the cast obviously quite small. Although thereare some melodramatic spikes throughout the story, much of the filmrelies on moments of natural human connection between the characters.Duplass is in his wheelhouse as a somewhat confused soul with a greatsense of humor and a dash of paranoia. As the star of Shelton's 2009film "Humpday," he knows exactly what this style of drama needs tothrive. As someone capable of holding her own in everything frommainstream comedy to period pieces to blockbusters, Blunt continues toshowcase her versatility as Iris. As poorly as the script builds hercharacter in so far as reasons she should love Jack, Blunt sells itcompletely.DeWitt's Hannah is a messier character than both Jack and Iris,possibly combined. She's a lesbian just out of a long-term relationshipwho hooks up with a man, and though her reasons become clearer as thefilm progresses, it doesn't make her any more endearing. Shelton clearly enjoys tinkering with characters who have unlikabletendencies and deserve little of our sympathy. There's nothing at stakein the film either except whether members of the trio can reconciletheir differences and actually share their feelings with each other.Nevertheless, they're lifelike creatures, and if you're the film'starget audience, your issues with yourself and with others becomemirrored in their struggles. As trivial as their dilemma is, itresonates, and the way Shelton captures the Pacific Northwest scenerywill evoke the same feeling you get when you visit your own personalnature-shrouded getaway."Your Sister's Sister" amounts to a story of the bond between siblingsthat reinforces the a value of those relationships. Despite theinconsequential nature of all the conflict in the film, Shelton and hercast tap into familiar feelings and emotions with ease. The might befirst- world problems, but that doesn't take away from theirlegitimacy.~Steven CThanks for reading! Visit moviemusereviews.com for more
erokar 28 April 2013
This movie exemplifies the plague of the American indie movie: It allstarts out so well. Honest, believable, funny action and dialogue. Goodacting. The movie is on to something, for sure. And things get dark andcomplicated and the viewer wonder's to himself how will it all work outÂ and oh, it surely can't. But then the main character has some deusmachina insight, hidden from himself and everybody else and it all workout just dandy and all conflict and ambiguity dissolves in a pink cloudof love and understanding. In this movie the lesbian sister of the main character's love interesttricks him into focking her with a condom with holes for sperm. As aconsequence the main character is so distressed that he sleeps in atent a couple of nights, but after trashing a red bike comes to therealization that he can both love one sister and be the pseudo-fatherof the other's child. The film ends as they all gather lovingly aroundthe pregnancy test.Makes me wanna puke. And the tragedy is it all started out so well. Italways does in these scared and escapist indie movies.
ffuuut 28 April 2013
A dialogue heavy film, which I am often very fond of and this is noexception. Basically a three- hander with a trio of sublime andbelievable performances from Mark Duplass, the always excellent EmilyBlunt and the seriously under rated and forever sister (United Statesof Tara, Rachel's Getting Married) Rosemarie DeWitt. They simplyinhabit these characters.A film told with great honesty and natural flair, with a lot of thedialogue being apparently improvised, I was entertained and intriguedfrom beginning to end. I laughed out loud on a number of occasions atthe spoken wit and the extreme awkwardness of some of the scenes. Theseare all flawed people, but they are all relatable and likable.It does fall into a little bit of predictability and clichÃ© as it moveson through the story and I surprisingly had no issue with one aspectthat angers many a gay woman, as to me it made sense for the character. It was a journey I very much enjoyed and it felt quite different fromyour average rom-com.
Hellmant 28 April 2013
'YOUR SISTER'S SISTER': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five) Lynn Shelton wrote and directed this indie drama impressively made fora mere $125,000. The story revolves around relationship complicationsthat arise between two sisters and one's guy friend when the guy meetshis friend's sister at their family cabin. It stars Emily Blunt andRosemarie DeWitt as the sisters and Mark Duplass as the guy friend. Thefilm is a fascinating character study dealing with some complicatedemotional issues played out impressively on a limited budget.Duplass plays Jack and Blunt plays Iris. The two are best friends andIris also dated Jack's brother, who recently passed on. Jack has had ahard time dealing with his brother's death and is also dealing withother personal issues. So Iris recommends Jack go stay at her father'sremote cabin, for some alone time. When Jack gets there he's stunned tofind Iris's sister, Hannah (DeWitt), is already staying there. She'salso stunned to find him at the door and attacks him, thinking he's anintruder. The two introduce themselves to each other, for the firsttime, and agree to stay at the cabin together. They spend their firstnight drinking when Hannah explains to Jack that she just broke up withher girlfriend. Their openness and friendliness soon leads to sex whichcauses complications when Iris arrives the next morning and Jackdoesn't want her to know the two slept together. Hannah learns thatthis is because Jack has feelings for her sister and she later learnsher sister has feelings for Jack as well. This is just the first of themovies many twists.The movie is almost entirely played out at the cabin with just thethree key players. It's only action is some heavy dialogue so if thissounds boring to you this probably isn't a movie for you but theemotional drama is intense and involving. The three lead actors aregreat; I've been a fan of Blunt for a while and am a recent fan ofDeWitt (I think she's stunningly beautiful as well as very talented).I'm also becoming a fan of Duplass as an actor. I've been a fan of his,and his brother Jay's, indie films (which they write and direct as ateam) and am now a fan of his acting as well. He's not yourconventionally handsome leading actor and is kind of goofy but he's gota lot of likability and charm. I love the unconventional and Duplass isdefinitely unconventional. He and Shelton also did another filmtogether ('HUMPDAY' in 2009) and they seem to work well together.Shelton's got a smart script here and her directing is subtle and morethan adequate. The performances bring the film to life though andreally make you care for the characters and what's going on with themin the film. That's what these indie films are all about. Theirshowcases mostly for the actors and these actors definitely make thismovie work.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7YhqgcaX3Q
crossbytje 27 April 2013
This is awful, the actors are terrible, especially the Jack. It's like'look at me, I'm acting, I should be sad now, you like?'Terrible, so terrible that I felt obliged to write a review!The story too is terrible. One day he bangs the sister of the girl heloves, she put holes in the condom to get pregnant. Afterwards there isa big drama, bridges burnt forever, between sisters and best friends.Only for one day, then the sisters are best friends again, even wantingto keep the baby and raise it together... To top it of, the idiot guyalso wants the baby, and starts a relationship with the girl he loves. All end up happily ever after, in their f***** up threesome.I can't even believe I've finished this movie...
jrwygant 27 April 2013
Smart film. Smart dialog. Smart characters. No stereotypes. Not aclichÃ©-driven romantic comedy, which obviously put off some of thosewho reacted negatively.From start to finish, the roles and situations develop in unpredictableways that never seem false. There must have been a lot of improvisationgo into the script, because the conversations never sound false, andthe characters all act and react in ways that could not be morenatural.It is funny without being silly, and it is sad at times in ways thatmeasure the depth of the relationships. Great stuff!
Ollie Antipode 26 April 2013
An hour and a half of my life during which I could have been readingabout macroeconomics, calling up my abusive ex and having a nice chat,looking at videos of kittens on the internet, or even ripping the hairsout of my arms one by one. I'll never get that time back.Instead, I spent it in the claustrophobic company of these people whoseobvious discomfort with each other had me waiting for things to get alot more vicious than they ever did.The male lead was a self-proclaimed mess and emotional cripple. Fairenough, most male leads are. But at least they make you love them orhate them--or both. This guy was just blandly creepy and unlikable. Hehad the screen presence of a slice of whole-grain Wonderbread which thedirector wanted to pass off as some sort of seeded artisan baguette.And strangely, a foxy femme lesbian (admittedly a very drunk andheartbroken one) falls for his creepy straight-dude "I was spying onyou and you're hot" act long enough to bed him and create all kinds ofawkward for the rest of the movie.Really? I mean, really? Even in the despair of a recent breakup, shewants to hear about some strange straight guy spying on her? Some guywho also insists on getting her way too drunk and then jokes about hispower over her, and how he can also make her sister drink too much? Ican attest that no lesbian I know would put up with this kind ofb.s.--most would be calling him a skeezy dude bro at this point andleaving the island to find some sweet butch to rebound with.I was rooting for the foxy lesbian at the start, as I had to root forsomeone in this mess and the grainy shots of the scenery didn't getmuch screen time, until she turns out to also be an opportunisticcreep. Which could have been interesting, except as soon as she's outedas one she just cries and apologizes, then spends a tediously longmontage making coffee, wearing flannel, and apologizing again. Nodiscussion of how to rebuild trust, or what it means to be the kind ofperson who blindly rearranges the lives of others on a selfish whim, orhow to make amends. Just some coffee and potatoes and wistful glances.And gentle indie rock soundtrack.After everyone cries a lot and we're supposed to care, the male leadwanders off and assaults his bicycle, whose chain had fallen off. Andthen he returns and they all decide to be happy creeps who love eachother at the end, clearly undisturbed by how blithely they've betrayedeach other's trust and revealed themselves to be ethically crippled,opportunistic narcissists. Nope. Just I'm a creep, you're a creep, andthat's OK.Also, when can we have movies in which lesbians sleep with and buildlives with each other--like in real life? Instead of being charactersthat exist to sleep with straight men--like in Penthouse letters? Thank god there was a rainstorm when I left the theater so I could washthe sliminess of this movie off of me.
splodgeroonie 24 April 2013
All I could keep thinking while watching this was "north Americanproblems". (And I actually live within a 100 mile radius of where thiswas made.) But I tried to keep an open mind and see where the filmmaker was going before passing judgement. But the smarmy, over-simplified, instagram-moment ending just confirmed my initialimpressions.Don't get me wrong, I watch a lot of indy and foreign movies and lovefinding those hidden gems but I am baffled at why stories of this sortget any traction and are given any merit in our culture at all. Why dothe petty, self inflicted problems of these spoilt first world childrenmatter to us? And what is the value in scrutinizing them in suchagonizing detail? This just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.But of course this is just my opinion and your mileage may vary.Obviously there are some people out there that think this is one of thebest films they have ever seen. I just found it to be a bunch of self-absorbed pretentious tripe. So much so that it prompted me to writethis review. Ugh.
mviola-55-39810 24 April 2013
Bland and predictable were my expectations for this film. Anotherover-melancholy, indie dramedy about love and family set on a cold, yetbeautiful island full of memories of happier times. This setting wouldbe complimented with scenes full of silence and angst that have no realheart or meaning, just there to add more minutes to complete an hourand a half. I thought this film would be cold and dull. Surprisingly,it isn't. Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt manage tocombine both the dry humour with the drama of the storyline so wellthat film doesn't take itself too seriously and is actually reallyfunny. The three actors' chemistry is illustrated strongly throughoutand the movie oozes with these honest and hearty moments. Even when thecharacters are completely malicious to each other, you still find themendearing. There is something honest to their relationships. The twosisters in bed discussing life in the middle of the night. The two bestfriends who bicker and fight, but are constantly worried about eachother's wellbeing. It's sweet, and watching the three charactersinteract, you can't help but want them to be happy. The storyline islacking though, and the film at times lags because the story is sotightly centered around the two sisters and Duplass. However the flipdialog and often black humour allows you to forget about that and justenjoy. Your Sister's Sister is a simple, but endearing film full ofhumanity.
chaz-28 24 April 2013
Even though Your Sister's Sister is set mostly in the open air of asecluded area of a Puget Sound island, it feels a bit claustrophobicbecause of the very small cast. There are only three characters whoperform 99% of the film's interactions and there are only so manycombinations a screenplay can invent to pair two of them off at anygiven time. There are long, drawn out conversations which have animprovisational feeling about them and are enjoyable to sit back andwatch. Audiences conditioned to expect quick cuts, brief sequences, andpointed dialogue may grow impatient with the extended length of scenes,but for those who relish real situations and characters who take morethan a few minutes to develop will enjoy getting to know these people,quirks and all.Jack (Mark Duplass) appears, just by looking at him, to be having arough time. There are bags under his eyes, he has a few extra pounds,probably from too much booze, he is unemployed, and socialconversations he attempts to contribute to have a way of endingawkwardly and uncomfortable for all in the room. His brother died ayear ago and he still has no idea how to move on from that. His bestfriend happens to be his deceased brother's ex-girlfriend Iris (EmilyBlunt). Perhaps this is Jack's way of hanging on to something hisbrother once had. Iris cares for Jack and after one of his completelyinappropriate diatribes, she orders him to get on his old bike, peddledown to the Seattle ferry, and go spend a week alone in the woods ather father's cabin. Perhaps some solitude and introspection will kickhim out of his funk.The cabin is not empty though. Someone else with life problems decidedto squirrel away there; this is Iris's sister, Hannah (RosemarieDeWitt). Jack and Hannah recognize a bit of themselves in each other,mainly the self loathing bits, and realize that first night together atthe cabin that talking about your problems to a stranger over a bottleof tequila is oddly cathartic. Hannah just walked out of a verylong-term relationship with her girlfriend and all of their long-termplans they had together. Both Jack and Hannah are searching for whatthey should do next in life, where to go, and how to change to getthere; so maybe this is why they drunkenly end up in bed together.The film sets itself up to go in many directions. It could have beenself-destructive depression for Jack. It could have been a modern westcoast version of Walden for lost souls. However, it chose to become asomewhat comedic love triangle. Iris shows up at the cabin early thenext morning and Jack decides she does not need to know what happenedlast night with Hannah. Each of them maintains their own respectiveagendas and watching them emerge and conflict with one another isamusing and intriguing to wonder how it may play out. Jack is nervousabout the truth being revealed, Iris has her own secrets, and Hannahmay be trumping them all. This talk about secrets makes Your Sister'sSister sound devious and manipulative but it is not; somehow, thescript keeps the atmosphere light and airy.Writer/director Lynn Shelton has worked with Mark Duplass previously(Humpday) and the summer of 2012 appears to be his emergence to a widerindie public. He has three films in theaters simultaneously (YourSister's Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, People Like Us) and reminds meof Jessica Chastain from 2011 who came out of nowhere and seemed to bein a new release every single weekend. British actress Emily Bluntkeeps her accent for this film and the plot noticeably includes a fewsentences as to why that is. Her being British is not necessary to thefilm so waiting to see how they end up explaining away her accentcauses a bit of an eye roll but it is not too distracting. RosemarieDeWitt comes out the winner of the three. She has the benefit ofplaying the most well written character and she has the acting chops topull it off. Jack is more the clumsy oaf while Iris is more thesounding board for his issues, but Hannah is in on both of theirsecrets and therefore benefits screen time wise.Your Sister's Sister is much better than its recent cinematic cousinSafety Guaranteed and aims for more depth in its characters. The filmlacks any particular punches which may have catapulted it into moreprofound waters; however, it is a worthwhile indie film to enjoy in anair conditioned theater on a hot day when the just the thought ofanother version of Spiderman will not do.
mzs321 23 April 2013
The idea that a film can be made intriguing by just three characters init does seem unrealistic. But Duplass along with Blunt and Dewitt showthat it is doable. The whole film revolved around the three and onlything that keeps the watcher in loop is the strong delivery of actor.Loved the scenes where Blunt engages her sister and Duplass inconversation on the bed. These dialogues are so powerfully performedthat the observer just immerse him/herself in the movie.Although the story is simple, it is unique in many ways. I mean, justhow many movies stealing show a lesbian character sperms. Indie film lovers will really like this one. Overall 8/10.