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Your Sister's Sister (2011)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (UK)
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Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

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Michael Harring ...
Tom - in photos (as Mike Harring)
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Al
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Jason Dodson ...
Tom's Friend
Pete Erickson ...
Tom's Friend
Kathryn Lebo ...
Tom's Friend
Evan Mosher ...
Tom's Friend
Jennifer Maas ...
Tom's Friend
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Tom's Friend
Dori Hana Scherer ...
Tom's Friend (as Dori Hana-Scherer)
Steve Snoey ...
Tom's Friend
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Tom's Friend
Seth Warren ...
Tom's Friend
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Mourning the death of his brother, Jack's friend Iris invites him to her father's cottage for some alone time to recuperate. Unbeknownst to either of them, Iris's sister Hannah is also staying at their father's cottage recovering from her recent break-up. One entire bottle of tequila later, Jack and Hannah wake up to find Iris at the door. They each have secrets that they're tying to keep and they each have feelings that they're trying to sort out. Written by napierslogs

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A comedy about doing the right thing with the wrong person.

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$125,000 (estimated)

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$109,221 (USA) (17 June 2012)

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$1,573,712 (USA) (19 August 2012)
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When the film was originally scheduled to start filming in middle October 2010 for two weeks, Rachel Weisz was set to play Emily Blunt's sister, so the actress could complete her part and start filming The Deep Blue Sea (2011) in November. However, filming of Lynn Shelton's movie was postponed, making Weisz pull out due to schedule conflicts with The Deep Blue Sea. Rosemarie DeWitt replaced her. See more »

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Hannah: I am a really bad person.
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your sister's sister, and other complications
18 February 2012 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' opened the 2012 Glasgow Film Festival and received a near-rapturous response. This is a keenly observed tale of individuals as complex and frail as you, me and everyone we know...

Iris commemorates the passing of her partner Tom at a gathering of Tom's friends, where Jack, her best friend, offers up a less than flattering eulogy. Jack, coincidentally Tom's sibling, is packed off to a remote island lodge to get his head together, where he encounters Iris's sister, Hannah. Complications ensue - by the bucket-load.

Shelton took time to explain her process in the Q&A at the Glasgow Film Theatre screening. The cast improvised to a certain extent, but spent a vast amount of time creating back-stories for their characters. That preparation pays off in naturalistic exchanges, interruptions and repairs, gestures and looks that remonstrate, encourage or deter in a convincingly authentic manner. The film is very, very funny, and then genuinely touching and fraught. Throw in an ending you will either love (like me) or loathe, and you have a mature, entertaining film whose execution and polish defies the 12-day shooting period.

Wonderful performances from Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass as the conflicted trio. Blunt gets to explore more range here than My Summer of Love or anything else on her CV, and shows a growing maturity. The film is involving from the very first frame and holds your attention throughout. Shelton has found a refreshing formula. Bigger budgets and less challenging schedules may follow, but one hopes the stringent process remains.


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