RELEASE DATE: 06/09/2012
RUN TIME: 1HR 30MIN
At a gathering of friends to mark the anniversary of Tom’s death, his brother Jack (Mark Duplass) gives an acerbic and less than desirable speech. Jack’s best friend and Tom’s ex-girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt) offers up her father’s remote island cabin for a little R&R. Jack unexpectedly runs into Iris’ half sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), and the two share a drunken evening together before Iris’ arrival surprises them both and leads to a series of revelations.
It’s a predictable series of events that lead to beautifully surprising unpredictable moments, in the best way possible. It’s the sincerity that catches you off guard in an industry filled with manufactured “moments” and “honesty”. This is the film ‘The Kids Are Alright’ almost was. By simplifying the number of characters and making their situations contemporary and timeless at the same time, 'Your Sister's Sister' creates a universally relatable story with a series of human emotions and errors to fall in love with. Even the melodrama seems completely plausible and rife with humility - it all lies in the film's confidence - if they believe it, so will you.
The sincerity catches you off guard.
The key to this piece is in its conversations which thrive on improv during those oh-so-awkward human moments. The film’s polished, smart and organic dialogue is delivered effortlessly by three highly talented actors on screen with indie writer/director/actor Mark Duplass leading the charge. As always, Emily Blunt also dazzles on screen, while DeWitt proves her spunk in a gorgeous performance.
Major props belong to the film’s female writer/director Lynn Shelton for not only her assembling of this remarkable cast but for her grace, empathy and woman’s touch to complex relationships that make this film shine.
This film intimately shows that life is too short to let out mistakes define us. A definite must see.