Sister (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

What a beautiful and desperate film.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

"Sister" avoids sentimental indulgence. There's no room for wallowing in this spare, almost ascetic exercise ...

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

Aside from the strong performances, there's beautiful, saddening cinematography, too.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[An] absorbing French drama.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's a Dardennes-like move that Meier makes here, plunking us down, without judgment, in the middle of a low life. Just 13 here, Klein, who debuted in Meier's Home at 10 as the son Julien (a name he uses here as an alias) is remarkable.

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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie takes a refreshingly low-key, observational approach to storytelling ...

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Seydoux perfectly captures the anger and self-defeat of ill-educated, hedonistic, man-chasing young women who live on the fringes.

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Alice Tynan

The pair [Klein & Seydoux] artfully weaves the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Meier shows that she can manage a sad subject with sensitivity while Klein shines as the adorable and charismatic young protagonist, but the film doesn't… More
Walter M.
At the tender age of 12, Simon(Kacey Mottet Klein) is the man of the house and has all the responsibilities that go along with it. That has a lot to do with… More
Nicki Marie
Really well done movie. I wanted to feel sorry for the pair of them, but I just couldn't, they were too unlikeable with their actions. But then part of me… More
Byron Brubaker
This was Switzerland's official submission for foreign language film at the 2013 Oscars. I saw it at our local Cinematheque prior to attending an Oscars… More
Mike S
Switzerland as you've never seen it before. Sure, there is the postcard image of a ski paradise against the backdrop of grandiose mountain tops. Luxury and… More