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Your Sister's Sister - Review

Your Sister's Sister

Review by Jason Palmer

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

EVERY once in awhile a sleeper film comes along that reaffirms your faith in American independent cinema. Your Sister’s Sister is exactly that movie – a humorous, affecting and emotional journey through life’s quirky problems.

It’s a story told with remarkable tact and verve by Lynn Shelton and features standout performances from its principal cast.

The premise is deceptively simple. After the death of his brother, Jack (Mark Duplass) is invited along to his best friend Iris’s (Emily Blunt) holiday home for a bit of self-reflection and a much needed time-out. On getting there he finds out that Iris’s older sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) has also decided to retreat to the family property after a messy break-up with her girlfriend.

The two agree to stay and keep themselves to themselves as they work through their personal angst. Add a few late night drinks and some drunken revelations and the situation gets very interesting… especially when Iris decides to pay a surprise visit the next day.

In essence, Your Sister’s Sister plays out like a three-person stage performance that explores each of the characters’ personal situations. Interwoven is a delicate love story, a wickedly astute tale of drunken sexual attraction and a telling family drama.

Blunt shines on-screen in a role that gives the talented Brit a perfect platform to stretch her acting muscles. Duplass, a favourite of writer/director Shelton, once again hands in an accomplished turn as the ‘down but not out’ Jack while DeWitt gives the potentially clichéd role of Hannah real purpose and integrity.

The films’ biggest success comes from these great individuals interacting with one another and the natural chemistry that positively bubbles between Blunt, Duplass and DeWitt.

Shelton, meanwhile, has a keen eye for the awkwardness surrounding everyday life and certainly uses the strengths of her cast to always engage you in the trials and tribulations of people just trying to find their way in the world.

Throw in some genuine, laugh-out-loud situations and a love story that’s both satisfying and realistic and you have a comedy/drama that hits every mark.

If indie cinema heavy on dialogue isn’t your thing there’s nothing for you here. If, on the other hand, you like a well structured story full of memorable moments and genuine sincerity, Your Sister’s Sister is the perfect film for you. It’s a true gem of a movie that shouldn’t be missed.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 90mins
UK Release Date: June 29, 2012