2 items from 2015
★★★★☆ Swedish writer-director Sanna Lenken's notable debut My Skinny Sister (2015) about a young teenager's eating disorder is a simple tale given added poignancy by powerful performances from the two leads. Katja (Amy Deasismont) is a promising young figure skater envied and admired by her younger sister Stella (Rebecka Josephson). Katja is beautiful, svelte and talented while 12-year-old Stella is pudgy and awkward. To complicate matters further, Stella has a crush on Katja's German trainer Jacob (Maxim Mehmet).
- CineVue UK
In “My Skinny Sister,” an eating-disorder drama seen through the eyes of the youngest member of a dysfunctional family, debuting helmer-writer Sanna Lenken brings some humor and charm to a difficult issue before ultimately spiraling into moralistic Afterschool Special territory. Multiple kudos — including a Crystal Bear from Berlin’s youth jury, a special mention from the international jury, and the audience award for best Nordic film at Gothenburg — ensure further fest travel, with Euro broadcast sales likely.
Overly precocious, tubby tween Stella (an impressive debut by newcomer Rebecka Josephson, the granddaughter of famed Bergman thesp Erland Josephson) is on the cusp of adolescence and eager to move forward into a sexualized world. She idolizes, not without some jealousy, her gorgeous older sister, Katja (pop singer, TV presenter and actress Amy Deasismont, aka Amy Diamond), a talented competitive ice skater who seems to suck up most of the limited attention of their parents. »
- Alissa Simon
2 items from 2015
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