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Sister Reviews

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January 9, 2017
Aside from the strong performances, there's beautiful, saddening cinematography, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 9, 2016
It's a Dardennes-like move that Meier makes here, plunking us down, without judgment, in the middle of a low life. Just 13 here, Klein, who debuted in Meier's Home at 10 as the son Julien (a name he uses here as an alias) is remarkable.
November 12, 2013
The pair [Klein & Seydoux] artfully weaves the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2013
Strong, pungent, snow-laden contemporary Swiss drama...Director Ursula Meier fills the film with unspoken desperation that is almost tear-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2013
Scorn may give way to momentary solicitude, but Sister is by no means a tenderhearted morality tale.
October 26, 2013
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
October 26, 2013
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
January 25, 2013
A simple but emotionally laden slice-of-life drama that is at turns heartbreaking and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2013
What a beautiful and desperate film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 17, 2013
Director Ursula Meier conjures a convincing sense of place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 10, 2013
[An] absorbing French drama.
January 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
January 3, 2013
A low-key, affecting story of dreams at odds with reality and crime sprung from necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2013
The movie takes a refreshingly low-key, observational approach to storytelling ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2012
We come away relieved and somehow chastened, the same way we might feel after having our pocket picked by a true artist.
December 6, 2012
"Sister" avoids sentimental indulgence. There's no room for wallowing in this spare, almost ascetic exercise ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
November 29, 2012
The storytelling is exciting and the characters well-observed.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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