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Your Sister's Sister 2011

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3.4 out of 5 stars (86) IMDb 6.7/10

When Jack finds himself down on his luck, best friend Iris suggests he spend a weekend at her family's remote island retreat. Upon arriving Jack discovers Iris's sister Hannah had the same idea and the two find solace together in sharing their issues and drunkenly kiss. When Iris arrives the next morning unannounced she further complicates matters.

Starring:
Michael Harring, Mark Duplass
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Lynn Shelton
Starring Michael Harring, Mark Duplass
Supporting actors Mike Birbiglia, Emily Blunt, Jason Dodson, Pete Erickson, Kathryn Lebo, Evan Mosher, Jennifer Maas, Jeanette Maus, Dori Hana Scherer, Steve Snoey, Dusty Warren, Seth Warren, Mel Eslyn, Kate Jarvis, Jeremy Mackie, Nathan M. Miller, Norman Tumolva, Rosemarie DeWitt
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Laura A VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2012
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This watchable film is slight on plot, but, initially, at least, strong on characterisation. Kicking off with a memorable opening scene in which Jack (Mark Duplass) interrupts a memorial party for his brother, Tom, with an eulogy to Tom's flaws, declaring drunkenly that they need to remember 'the man', not an idealised version of their friend. His long-time best friend, Iris (Emily Blunt) dispatches him to her family's island cottage to have some time to himself, where he meets her half-sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). As they down a bottle of tequila, Hannah and Jack reveal more to each other than they had anticipated, and when Iris turns up the next day, a train of surprising events is set in motion.

I'm a big fan of observational films that focus on detail and character interaction (I liked 'Rachel Getting Married', 'Archipelago' and 'Another Year' for these reasons), and the opening scenes made me hopeful that 'Your Sister's Sister' would be of that ilk. Unfortunately, after Iris arrives at the cottage, I thought that this film went rapidly downhill, and ended up becoming an uncomfortable compromise between a predictable Hollywood melodrama and a more edgy art-house film, neither enjoyably trashy nor particularly thoughtful. The three lead actors all deliver strong performances, but unfortunately, the second half of the script rushes their character development so fast it's beyond salvation. A key reconciliation is portrayed through a montage, and the ending of the film was frustrating - not because I was desperate to know what happened next, but because the possibility it hinges on was so slight it was hardly believable that the characters were placing so much weight on it.
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I love emily blunt as an actress i think she is really talented but this film is just so....... well honestly not worth watching it was slow pointless and so not worth staying in for. The ending was why ??????? no point at all please do not waste your time or money
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The titles of this come up in pink, so I assumed this would be what is oft referred to as a `chick-flick', but actually it isn't as it works on so many levels. We start off at party on the anniversary of the death of Tom as a sort of eulogy. Tom's brother is Jack (Mark Duplass) who loses the plot at the gathering and it is obvious to best friend and ex to his brother, Iris (Emily Blunt - `The Young Victoria' and `The Adjustment Bureau') that he needs some `me time'. So she offers him a stay at her father's isolated holiday home.

So deciding she is right he sets out for the isolation of the house. Only when he gets there it is occupied by Iris's younger and lesbian sister - Hannah (Rosemarie Dewitt) who has split up with her partner. After initial awkwardness, they decide to drink some tequila to break the ice, actually a lot of tequila and thereby de frosting quite a lot. Then Iris turns up and adds a whole new dimension to the three way `relationship'.

To say any more would stray into the realm of plot spoiling, but this film is just a fantastic gem; the sort of journey where the getting there is better than the actual destination. It is clever, funny, warm, intelligent and really human without straying into the path of sugariness that can often spoil a good film. This is in great part due to the director and writer of the screenplay, Lynn Shelton, who is also an accomplished actress in her own right. The cinematography is also excellent and even the music is good especially the acoustic guitar bits. So I really did love this film, and whilst it could be seen to be aimed at a feminine market, I think it works across more than one genre and as such deserves all the praise it has received so far and a fair bit more, highly recommended and watch with someone you love as it will make you feel all fuzzy - sorry I am getting schmaltzy now, I think I liked it a bit too much.
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This is an indie chick flick. It is about "the relationship." After a whole year, Jack (Mark Duplass) can't get over his brother's death, an indication this has written by a woman who believes men think like women. At the recommendation of his brother's ex-girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt) he utilizes a remote cabin on an island in Washington state. As he arrives late at night Iris' sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is also there. She just broke up with her girlfriend and they hit it off well, in fact a little too well.

Iris, for some unexplained reason, arrives and confesses to her sister her love for Jack, one that is mutual but never spoken. We wait for the moment.

The movie starts out with a bunch of pretentious dialouge, including the old, "remember when he stole a wheelchair" flashback. The dialouge was written badly. The acting was good, and I admit Lynn Shelton did a better job at directing this formula than writing it. Can we stop with a guy riding a bicycle with beautiful scenery to an acoustical accompaniment? It is time to move on.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb. Brief sex scene. No nudity.
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Your Sister's Sister, released in 2012, is a very watchable film, though not unduly mentally challenging. The plot can be summed up very simply. Jack is in love with Iris, but sleeps with her sister Hannah, a lesbian with her own personal agenda. That's about it really as the rest of the film is almost exclusively about the relationships between these three which are complex given what has happened. Alright, perhaps there is a little more to it than that, but that is the basic bones of the film and the rest is really setting the scene and adding the flesh to the bones.

Although not overly complicated, this is a film which holds the interest and the interaction between the main characters is sometimes poignant and often humorous, since each has their own personal issues to deal with. This film is all about the three main characters who are very well cast in their roles. I thought Emily Blunt of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen fame, did particularly well as iris, although Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt also put up creditable performances.

This is not a film which has much action, but is all about people dealing with, and coming to terms with difficult situations and finding common ground. This is a film which has been well directed and the subject matter treated sensitively. Probably not the most memorable film you are going to watch this year, but certainly reasonable entertainment.
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