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Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (Léa 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. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But, when Simon partners with a crooked British… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What a beautiful and desperate film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Sister" avoids sentimental indulgence. There's no room for wallowing in this spare, almost ascetic exercise ..."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"The pair [Klein & Seydoux] artfully weaves the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful."
‑ Alice Tynan, Limelight
"One of those films that quietly gets under your skin - in the best possible way. It's a film about character and relationships. And its unpredictability is what adds the dramatic tension"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Slow-moving to the point of being glacial, Meier's icy endeavour is just barely rewarding enough to warrant the effort required to sit through it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"[An] absorbing French drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"French-born director and co-screenwriter Ursula Meier balances the scenario's bleak, wrenching aspects with a stirring confidence in the redemptive power of love."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Strong, pungent, snow-laden contemporary Swiss drama...Director Ursula Meier fills the film with unspoken desperation that is almost tear-inducing."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The content gets grittier and grittier as the film progresses and some may be disappointed by the ending, which leaves us hanging - as if on a mountain ledge. But maybe that is the point. Performances are brilliant, though"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Director Ursula Meier conjures a convincing sense of place."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The movie takes a refreshingly low-key, observational approach to storytelling ..."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"Seydoux perfectly captures the anger and self-defeat of ill-educated, hedonistic, man-chasing young women who live on the fringes."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Scorn may give way to momentary solicitude, but Sister is by no means a tenderhearted morality tale."
‑ Emma Myers, Film Comment Magazine
"A simple but emotionally laden slice-of-life drama that is at turns heartbreaking and hopeful."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"For fans of Ursula Meier's last movie, the strikingly offbeat domestic drama Home, this act of auteur-on-auteur emulation may feel like a comedown. Yet it's still stirring work."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
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