A luxury ski resort in Switzerland. 12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister. Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down.
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The ski mask gives Simon character because even though he covers his face, he is already never seen. Simon lives with his unactive twenty-something year old sister, Louise, who jumps from job to job and disappears with low life boys that mistreat her till she ends up back to ground zero in her one bedroom apartment with her little brother Simon. This film amazes me how a "young man" does so much for his age.
12 year old Simon spends his days stealing skis and other small items at a ski resort in the Alps to provide for himself and his mostly absent sister, who is raising him on her own. Director Ursula Meier explores their odd and unique relationship in this tender and often surprising film. A beautifully composed tale of a young man caught between childhood and adulthood, starved for affection in a harsh world.
Meier's central conceit is much more set in reality, but with the same kind of sensational aura surrounding it. Nevertheless, the pacing and careful build of SISTER is contemporary: addressing a ludicrous and all-complict nature of poverty. There's no sympathy in Lea Seydoux's eyes, only defiance and the need to survive, which bring about fuck-up after fuck-up, implying her own complicit nature. Very decent.
Enjoyable, simple tale set against a stunning back-drop of family, belonging and learning to accept the hand life has dealt. The story centres on a young boy being forced into taking the parental role by hustling and stealing from tourists at a ski resort to buy food and support his off-the-tracks 'sister'. There is a simple twist that lends the film it's weight and the performances are all superb. 4 stars