Your Sister’s Sister (2012)

by Paul on November 13, 2012

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★★★★

 

So many movies come out every year that it has become hard to even keep track of them all. One of the smaller films from this past summer that has now been released on DVD and Blu-ray is the comedic drama Your Sister’s Sister (2012).Your Sister's Sister (2012)

A year after his brother’s death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is still depressed and emotionally disagreeable. At the urging of his best friend, and brothers ex-girlfriend, Iris (Emily Blunt), he rides his bicycle out to Iris’s family cabin to spend some time alone. When he arrives, he is startled to find Iris’s sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), also staying at the cabin. Hannah agrees to let Jack stay there with her, and the two begin drinking and talking about their respective problems. As it turns out, Hannah is has just broken up with her girlfriend after a seven year relationship. After a few too many drinks, Hannah and Jack have sex and fall asleep together.

The next morning Jack awakens to see Iris arriving unexpectedly at the cabin. In a panic, Jack tells Hannah not to tell Your Sister's Sister (2012) her sister that they have slept together and it becomes obvious that Jack is in love with Iris. As the three spend more time together, Hannah discovers that Iris has been secretly in love with Jack for a while, and Hannah decides to give Iris a few surprises of her own.

Produced for $125,000, Your Sister’s Sister is one of those little surprise films that can float under the radar of most movie fans. Almost the entire movie involves just these three actors, and takes place in and around the cabin.  With the close confines, the film has an intimacy that emotional dramas are often missing. It almost feels like it could be a documentary or possibly even a reality TV show, only instead of ridiculous melodrama, we are given real life drama.

Director and writer Lynn Shelton has done a wonderful job filling this intense story with plenty of humor and memorable moments. The screenplay flows nicely and has a profound honesty to it that helps build the viewers’ personal investmentYour Sister's Sister (2012) in the characters. Actor Mark Duplass (who appeared in Shelton’s 2009 film, Humpday), although a newcomer for me, shows a surprising comic maturity. I found him to be emotionally touching and exhilaratingly funny at the same time. I look forward to seeing more of him in the near future. While watching, I couldn’t help but think that Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt could actually be sisters. They look similar, talk similar, and act as if they grew up bickering on a regular basis. It’s their believability that makes the whole film come together in a complete package. Without these three talented actors and this unusual and original story, Your Sister’s Sister wouldn’t have achieved the same movie legitimacy that it has now obtained.

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Dan O. November 16, 2012 at 5:17 AM

Nice review Paul. I was really taken by surprise with this flick because not only did I love the leads, like I expected, but the natural feel to everything really had me at every piece of dialogue. It was one of the rare situations where I wanted these characters to keep on talking about God knows what, and I think this is Duplass’ best performance yet.

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Paul November 16, 2012 at 7:15 AM

I was pleasently surprised as well. I was expecting the acting to be good but the whole film flowed so nicely and all the characters were so funny that I found myself wishing that the story would just keep going. Thanks for letting me know what you thought about this film. I am glad you enjoyed it az well.

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