WINNER – 2012 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL - Silver Bear
WINNER – 2013 SWISS FILM AWARDS - Best Film, Actor and Screenplay
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, achieving nearly half a million admissions.