The original title of the film is 'L'enfant d'en haut' ('The Child from Above'). That title works better for me, since to me the film is really from Simon's point of view. Louise is important, but only in relation to Simon. With the exception of a jarring twist, the plot itself is routine, but the film rewards the viewer's patience at the end. Kacey Mottet Klein and Léa Seydoux are both excellent in their roles.
Eerily reminiscent of the Dardenne brothers' The Kid With A Bike, but Ursula Meier's film brings something new to the table in its details. Arguably, the most significant thing that this film has is the remarkable turn by Lea Seydoux, who is able to convey so much through fairly sparse dialogue.
So many poor movies to watch, but few are accurate portrayals of the poor in Western Industrialized society. Even rarer of economic disparity. So full of tenderness, in this uneasy backdrop of mistakes and bad choices, this tension. Poverty is so common in our 1st world, it is nice to see it celebrated. (Honestly, I had forgotten the alternate meaning of Sissy, once 2nd nature to think.)
A reasonably entertaining movie. I loved the boys humorous yet nonchalant attitude. The boy, in this case, was more of an adult than his adult sister. The film also had beautiful scenery of the mountain scape. However, the film lacks in enjoyability. There are too many moments in this film where I felt unsure of what was happening and even in the end I felt the characters had little to no progress in the story line.
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.
Well paced and well told, the characters do a great job in portraying the circumstances and setting of the movie, with excellent acting and a well-thought out story. While perhaps not quite as moving as it probably wanted to be, it still delivered an interesting dynamic between two interesting characters, and a lens into family and poverty.
I would start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed all the detail shots. The story line is something of a common situation and the actors/actresses give a very coordinated performance. I enjoy seeing Simon take the role of 'man of the house'. I feel that the soundtrack could have been a little more dark, adding to the story. The ending scene was one of the best, highlighting the idea that she'll always love him.
Sister is a thought-provoking movie about the dysfunctional relationship of a 12-year-old boy, Simon, with his “sister”. Although there is little explanation about Simon’s situation, the director does a remarkable job keeping the viewer interested in every scene. Simon wants change in his life. Gorgeous wide shots of the mountainside and exceptional acting. Music is sparingly used but well placed throughout.
First, I had to figure out who Jillian Anderson is compared to Jillian Armstrong, having not seen x-files. 2d, I had to square my familiarity of Agnes Varda with Agnes Godard, her cinematography recalls Varda, who films the same underbelly. My confusion did not harm this remarkable film that brings back the memory of so many others, even 400 blows. This film deserves attention, it reaches many goals.
(3.5 stars) An extremely bleak look at hopelessness and the urgent need for connection. Little brother is a thief and older sister is a whore. Both long for closeness that they might never find. It's a cold tale that offers few scraps of warmth. But ultimately worth the time.