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Your Sister's Sister (2011)

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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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Lynn Shelton

Writer:

Lynn Shelton
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Harring Michael Harring ... Tom - in photos (as Mike Harring)
Mark Duplass ... Jack
Mike Birbiglia ... Al
Emily Blunt ... Iris
Jason Dodson Jason Dodson ... Tom's Friend
Pete Erickson Pete Erickson ... Tom's Friend
Kathryn Lebo Kathryn Lebo ... Tom's Friend
Evan Mosher Evan Mosher ... Tom's Friend
Jennifer Maas Jennifer Maas ... Tom's Friend
Jeanette Maus ... Tom's Friend
Dori Hana Scherer Dori Hana Scherer ... Tom's Friend (as Dori Hana-Scherer)
Steve Snoey Steve Snoey ... Tom's Friend
Dusty Warren ... Tom's Friend
Seth Warren Seth Warren ... Tom's Friend
Mel Eslyn ... Photography Studio Crew
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Irmã da Sua Irmã See more »

Filming Locations:

Anacortes, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,221, 17 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,573,712, 19 August 2012
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Ada Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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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, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance. See more »

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Young Boy #2: Whoever has the Sun, turn it on!
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References Revenge of the Nerds (1984) See more »

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Written and Performed by Vinny Smith
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Navigating three relationships with dialogue and a twist that ends a beat too early
16 August 2012 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Your Sister's Sister" is an indie romantic dramedy. One that tries to say so much with so little; "little" in terms of story and setting. It's a dialogue driven film about relationships. Jack (Mark Duplass) is depressed, mourning the loss of his brother. His friend Iris (Emily Blunt) sends him up to her father's cottage for some alone time and beautiful scenery.

Beautiful scenery there was plenty of; but not so much alone time. Unbeknownst to either of them, Iris's sister, Hannah (Rosemary Dewitt), was also retreating to their father's cottage for some alone time in the wake of an upsetting break-up. Two lonely people and an entire bottle of tequila lead to one inevitable place. In the morning, Iris arrives.

Duplass is fairly adept at comedy so he was able to navigate his way around two attractive sisters with a few well-earned laughs. There are more laughs during the description of Iris's boyfriends (each wears skinny jeans, skinnier than the next). As mentioned, this is a dialogue driven film which makes it or breaks it. For the most part it does the job and effectively introduces us to the three characters, but the common complaint that the dialogue is pretentious is certainly accurate.

The characters are real enough, if not a bit extreme in their ways, that likability isn't a huge factor. Although, Emily Blunt's character does get preachy when things don't go her way. She, and the audience, are thrown for a loop when a twist is introduced half-way through the film. At first I was relieved that the film was going to be about something other than just the relationships of these three people.

But ultimately "Your Sister's Sister" is just about the sister's relationship and their relationship with Jack. An ambiguous ending can certainly be welcome and interesting, but if you don't quite care enough about the relationships to begin with then the ending arrives just a beat too early.


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