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Sister My Sister [DVD]

Julie Walters , Joely Richardson , Nancy Meckler    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julie Walters, Joely Richardson, Jodhi May, Sophie Thursfield, Amelda Brown
  • Directors: Nancy Meckler
  • Writers: Wendy Kesselman
  • Producers: Joyce Herlihy, Norma Heyman
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: HomeScreen
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VT8NUE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: In this stark drama based on actual events in a small French town in the early '30s, a pair of repressed sisters slowly lose their grip on reality, leading to horrific consequences at the home where they're employed as maids. Christine (Joely Richardson), a domestic servant in the home of haughty widow Madame Danzard (Julie Walters), takes pride in her efficiency and deference. Raised by nuns, Christine bitterly resents her penniless mother, but remains devoted to her younger, similarly convent-reared sister, Lea (Jodhi May). When Lea, too, comes to work for Madame Danzard, Christine trains her dutifully while also driving a wedge between the girl and their mother. The sisters' emotional bond eventually becomes a sexual one, too, and as they turn inward their work suffers, leading to increasing disapproval from their employer. Meanwhile, Christine is driven mad with jealousy at what she perceives as a flirtation between Lea and Madame Danzard's sullen daughter, Isabelle (Sophie Thursfield). Tensions reach a boiling point when the widow and her daughter return home one evening to find burned garments, uncompleted housework, and the sisters holed up in their room together, smelling of sex. Adapted by Wendy Kesselman from her Pulitzer Prize-winning play, My Sister in This House, Sister My Sister was based on the true story of Christine and Lea Papin, whose grisly 1933 murders have also inspired several other works. In addition to Jean Genet's 1948 play The Maids, the incident was the basis for Jean-Pierre Denis' feature Les Blessures Assassines and the documentary En Quete Des Soeurs Papin, both released in 2000. The real-life Christine Papin died after four years in prison, but Lea was released after ten...Sister My Sister

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing & Hypnotic 23 July 2011
It is by no means a spoiler to mention that this film is based on a notorious French murder case, since a palpable sense of impending catastrophe looms over the production right from the off. Two heavily-repressed sisters (Joely Richardson & Jodhi May) are engaged as maids at the terminally-disfunctional household of Julie Walters and her daughter Sophie Thursfield. Relentlessly hectored and bullied, the sisters' mutual dependency soon evolves into an intense, obsessional relationship that they struggle to keep concealed. Director Nancy Meckler plays the claustrophobic atmosphere of the house for all its worth, but the film stands on the performances of the cast, all of whom are excellent: Richardson as the ice-maiden desperately clinging to the remnants of her self-control; May as the naive, trusting, perpetually-terrified waif; and Walters, playing "Madame" like a borderline-psychotic version of an archetypal 'Wood & Walters' character (and utterly terrifying with it). But it's Thursfield who steals the show, as the dumpy, distinctly ineligible daughter who realises full well that she and her mother are just as trapped as the luckless sisters. By no means an easy watch, but a film to haunt you long after the closing credits have rolled.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 9 Feb 2012
By Minipen
I thought this was going to be slow, but once I got into it I was very impressed. Fantastic acting by Julie Walters and co and the fact that it is based on a true story. All four main characters are complex and eccentric. Watch it for yourself and see 4 excellent actresses in action.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant masterpiece. 7 Aug 2008
To make it short, this is not a horror movie. It's a drama and a thriller. A movie which builds up the tension into a climax that leaves you speechles and thinking. Just like "Heavenly Creatures". The actors are above brilliant, the directing is superb. The dialogues intense. It is based on the Papin murder case which took place in France, 1933. Two sisters brutally murdered their employer and her daughter in intense rage.

Since the two sisters become alienated from their surrounding world they have only each other to turn to. The harsh words and mischief from their employer make them flee ito an incestious relationship. The outcome leads to the above mentioned crime. This movie certainly deserved a bigger release with more advertising. Unfortunately it remains an independent release on a small label. Joely Richardson later starred in "Event Horizon" by the way.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Nov 2010
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Based on a play, this feels quite theatrical: it more-or-less has only four speaking parts and is set almost entirely in one house - which on film lends it a real claustrophobia and intimacy. Based on a real case where two maids brutally murdered their employers, the four actresses are fantastic - Joely Richardson has rarely been better; Jodhi May brings her trade-mark emotional intensity, and even Sophie Thursfield (who?!) is perfect as Julie Walters' daughter. Most reviews at the time criticised the "graphically brutal" scene of violence at the end - but in fact, shot by shot, there is none shown: the criticisms were testament to how tautly the film winds up your nerves and plays on your imagination. Haunting.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BASED ON A TRUE CRIME IN FRANCE. 20 Nov 2007
Christine (Joely Richardson) is the maid of a well-to-do widow (Julie Walters) and her daughter (Sophie Thursfield). Her sister, Lea (Jodhi May) is hired on the recommendation of Christine. The two sisters become increasingly alienated from their employer, separated by barriers between the classes. With only each other to turn to and Christine experiencing much jealousy as to her sister's interest in anyone else, the relationship becomes sexual, adding to the tension between the sisters and their employer, ultimately leading to paranoia, repressed rage and murder.

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A true story of shocking violence catapults a picturesque little town into history. Julie Walters stars as the head of a perfectly respectable household that is not what it seems. The close sibling relationship between the two maids takes on a new dimension as Walters discovers a sexual fever between the two sisters. The tensions reach the breaking point in a film you'll find both beautiful and horrifying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nothing to write home about 11 July 2014
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easily forgotton
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Even the fabulous Julie Walters cannot save this story, which although not terrible, is really not up to much. A bit too dark, and more than a little boring, I judge my movies by whether or not I would ever watch them again, or keep them in my DVD library. This one is going straight out to Magpie. I do love Julie Walters though and would watch anything that she appears in. Unfortunately in this case, only once.
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