• Unrated, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ursula Meier
    In Theaters:
    Oct 5, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 25, 2014
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  • Sister
    2 minutes 24 seconds
    Added: May 18, 2012


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Sister Reviews

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Alice Tynan

The pair [Klein & Seydoux] artfully weaves the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful.

Full Review Source: Limelight | Original Score: 4/5

November 12, 2013

Strong, pungent, snow-laden contemporary Swiss drama...Director Ursula Meier fills the film with unspoken desperation that is almost tear-inducing.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2013
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine

Scorn may give way to momentary solicitude, but Sister is by no means a tenderhearted morality tale.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

One of those films that quietly gets under your skin - in the best possible way. It's a film about character and relationships. And its unpredictability is what adds the dramatic tension

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 26, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The content gets grittier and grittier as the film progresses and some may be disappointed by the ending, which leaves us hanging - as if on a mountain ledge. But maybe that is the point. Performances are brilliant, though

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 26, 2013
Mike Scott

A simple but emotionally laden slice-of-life drama that is at turns heartbreaking and hopeful.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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What a beautiful and desperate film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

January 18, 2013
Marc Mohan

Director Ursula Meier conjures a convincing sense of place.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

January 17, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[An] absorbing French drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 10, 2013
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

For fans of Ursula Meier's last movie, the strikingly offbeat domestic drama Home, this act of auteur-on-auteur emulation may feel like a comedown. Yet it's still stirring work.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 4/5

January 9, 2013
Brian Tallerico

Strong cinematography, excellent performances, and a deft touch with how adulthood can be forced upon what should be carefree adolescence make it emotionally memorable without ever feeling manipulative.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.0/5.0

January 3, 2013
Matt Pais

A low-key, affecting story of dreams at odds with reality and crime sprung from necessity.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 3/4

January 3, 2013
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie takes a refreshingly low-key, observational approach to storytelling ...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 3, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We come away relieved and somehow chastened, the same way we might feel after having our pocket picked by a true artist.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

December 20, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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"Sister" avoids sentimental indulgence. There's no room for wallowing in this spare, almost ascetic exercise ...

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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French-born director and co-screenwriter Ursula Meier balances the scenario's bleak, wrenching aspects with a stirring confidence in the redemptive power of love.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 29, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The storytelling is exciting and the characters well-observed.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 29, 2012
Brian Orndorf

For the most part a distant film, Sister supplies a full behavioral experience that's riveting at times, with lead performances by Lea Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein communicating isolation in bravely vulnerable ways.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

November 28, 2012
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Seydoux perfectly captures the anger and self-defeat of ill-educated, hedonistic, man-chasing young women who live on the fringes.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2012
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Emotionally engaging and impeccably crafted

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 5, 2012
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