Lea Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein in Ursula Meier’s Berlin Silver Bear-winner SISTER: a deeply affecting humanist drama of two siblings struggling to find a place in the world, and their determination to make it on their own.

L’Enfant d’en haut
Director: Ursula Meier
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Gillian Anderson, Martin Compston
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France, Switzerland

CTCMature themes and coarse language



Sister

★★★★
“Heartrending and beautifully directed. Klein’s astounding performance is filled with equal parts guile and vulnerability. Seydoux proves herself a spellbinding performer to watch. The pair artfully weave the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful.”
Alice Tynan, ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

★★★★
“Highly impressive. An arresting drama.”
Craig Mathieson, THE SUNDAY AGE

18/20.
“Poignant, emotional and unforgettable.”
Annette Basile, FILMINK

“Exhilarating – a knockout! Skilfully crafted and moving.”
Sophia Simon, INDIEWIRE

“A stunning meditation on secrets, lies and moral obligation. A movie for the ages.”
David Ansen, NEWSWEEK

“A penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with it. Shun anyone who spoils this movie for you.”
Mary Pols, TIME

“A warm, dramatic and poetic study of a moving, beautifully observed relationship set unusually and with great imagination in a ski resort. An intelligent study of wealth and poverty, brilliantly written and directed.”
Mike Leigh, JURY PRESIDENT, BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER – SILVER BEAR – 2012 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FILM, ACTOR & SCREENPLAY – 2013 SWISS FILM AWARDS

2013 Cannes Palme d’or winner Léa Seydoux (Farewell My Queen, Blue Is The Warmest Colour) delivers on her promise as France’s next breakthrough star with her astonishing performance in SISTER, Ursula Meier’s internationally-heralded and extraordinarily moving new drama about two siblings searching for a place in the world.

12-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his restless older sister Louise (Seydoux) at the base of the Swiss Alps. Every day he takes the cable car to the ski resorts above to pilfer from rich tourists, while Louise drifts through a series of part-time jobs and promiscuity, sometimes disappearing for days on end. In her absence, Simon forges a strong bond with a wealthy tourist (Gillian Anderson), and his fragile relationship with his sister fractures into dangerous new territory…

Against the striking canvas of the Alps, Meier’s deeply humanist drama is in the grand tradition of the Dardenne brothers; an adroit and compassionate exploration of the intimacy of two souls struggling with an unquenchable thirst for love. Enthusiastically embraced at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival where the Mike Leigh led-jury awarded it the Silver Bear, SISTER went on to be a sleeper hit in France last spring, achieving nearly half a million admissions.

MORE…
“Wild talent steals the scene” – Fairfax’s Stephanie Bunbury discusses SISTER with Ursula Meier.

Ursula Meier and her legendary cinematographer Agnès Godard discuss filming SISTER with Filmmaker Magazine.

Léa Seydoux spoke with Anthem Magazine’s Kee Chang on the eve of the U.S. release of SISTER.

Ursula Meier on stolen moments and her singular approach for SISTER, with The Moveable Feast.

MSN’s The Hitlist speak with Ursula Meier and her young lead actor Kacey Mottet Klein.

Léa Seydoux on shyness, Woody Allen, and her great Tarantino story, with Bullett.

Interview profiles the fantasy life of “Gallic It-girl” Léa Seydoux.

Seydoux on Sister with BlackBook (note: article contains spoilers).

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