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The film also relies on a degree of cultural specificity that sets it apart from other examples of regionally produced horror and identifies Do, who grew up in Southern California before relocating to Laos, as a notable emerging talent.
Dearest Sister is a sad, beautiful film, while simultaneously a masterful yet shattering ghost story.
If the film seems to ride on the archetypal perception of female fury and suspicion, the two actresses, Vilouna and Amphaiphun, make it real and convincing -- something we didn't expect from what's at heart a horror film.
A superb slow-burn supernatural thriller that's as much a portrait of contemporary Lao class differences, as it is an effectively spooky domestic chiller.
Directed by Lao filmmaker Mattie Do, Dearest Sister achieves a difficult feat: It's an insightful look at the impact of colonialism and unbalanced gender roles in Laos, and it's also a gripping and accessible horror story.
Dearest Sister's deftly handled genre routines offer a socioeconomic allegory of class and cultural clash in an emerging country whose past is always returning.
The film industry of Laos is still in its infancy, but if Dearest Sister should be taken as a benchmark of expected quality, then it shouldn't be long before the southeast Asian nation makes a mark on the international stage.
The ghost story makes for a fun and creepy horror movie -- plenty to call the film a success. But there's definitely more to it for anyone choosing to look closer.
Mattie Do's vision simmers low and consistent, never over or under-cooking.
A slow burn that ends on a great twisted horror note, Dearest Sister is a fantastic drama and character piece that is also inextricably a phenomenal and creepy ghost story.
Do's film is sluggishly paced with mundane drama that doesn't really make a splash.
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