My Skinny Sister review – body image drama opts for TV soap simplicity

The performances are good but the resolution is too smooth in this story of a girl who stumbles upon her idolised elder sister’s eating disorder

Sanna Lenken’s My Skinny Sister is an earnestly intentioned Swedish film about body image, but it wraps up its ideas glibly, like the TV issue movie of the week. At first it looks like a challenging drama about sibling rivalry and sibling dysfunction – something to compare, perhaps, with Catherine Breillat’s À Ma Soeur! or Céline Sciamma’s Water Lilies – but the promise of complexity is not fulfilled. Rebecka Josephson plays Stella, the pudgy younger sister of Katja (Amy Deasismont), sleek teen princess and school ice-skating star. Stella is in awe of Katja; she makes tragically lumbering attempts to emulate her prowess on the ice-rink and conceives an embarrassing crush on Katja’s coach. But when she discovers Katja’s bulimia, the whole
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