Sister (2012)
"L'enfant d'en haut" (original title)

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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Jansen
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Le chef-cuisinier
Yann Trégouët ...
Gabin Lefebvre ...
Magne-Håvard Brekke ...
Le skieur violent
Simon Guélat ...
L'homme de la Golf
Mike Winter ...
Le skieur aux Dynastar
Yannick Ruiz ...
Vincent Fontannaz ...
Alain Börek ...
Saisonnier (as Alain Borek)
Frédéric Mudry ...
Saisonnier (as Fred Mudry)
Ange Ruzé ...


A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.

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The official submission of Switzerland to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »


Written by 'PJ Harvey' and 'John Parish'
Performed by 'PJ Harvey'
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"Atmospheric, somewhat sociological and affective..."
7 May 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

French-Swiss screenwriter, actress and director Ursula Meier's second feature film which she co-wrote with Swiss sociologist, author and screenwriter Antoine Jaccoud and French author and screenwriter Gilles Taurand, is inspired by an idea from the director. It premiered In competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Switzerland and is a France-Switzerland co-production which was produced by producers Denys Freyd and Ruth Waldburger. It tells the story about a 12-year-old boy named Simon who lives in an apartment block in an industrial area nearby a ski resort in Switzerland with his older sister named Louise. As his sister spends most of her time with her various boyfriends, Simon innately thinks that it's his responsibility to support them so he frequently finds his way to the ski resort up in the mountains where he steals equipment and sells it to the tourists.

Distinctly and precisely directed by French-Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters' viewpoints, draws a humane and heart-wrenching portrayal of a somewhat uncommon relationship between two siblings. While notable for its naturalistic and surreal milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Agnès Godard, costume design by costume designer Anna Van Brée and excellent choice of location, this character-driven story about a boy who meets and Englishman and who breaks moral rules in desperation, for the sake of achieving affection from the person he cares the most for and to make that person happy, depicts two interrelated and heartrending studies of character where two human beings who are marred by their backgrounds does what their hearts and minds tells them to do and contains an efficient score by composer John Parish.

This conversational, political, at times humorous, non-moralizing and tangible though imaginary psychological drama about interpersonal relations, communication and human conditions which is set in the Swiss Alps during a skiing season and where a child who keeps on going up to a place where people are living a lifestyle that is far away from his and keeps on coming back down to his reality where things are not quite as sunny, has taken on the role as provider due to the situation he and the only person he has is in, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle continuity, good dialog, emotional substance and the prominent and commendable acting performances by child actor Kacey Mottet Klein and French actress Léa Seydoux. An atmospheric, somewhat sociological and affective love-story which gained, among numerous other awards, a Silver Bear Special Award at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival in 2012.

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