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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

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Lynn Shelton
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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 | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The movie was shot in 12 days and it was largely improvised. See more »

Quotes

Jack: I didn't sleep with your sister 'cause I wanted to sleep with your sister. I slept with your sister because I can't be with you.
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Connections

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

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Texas Style
Written and Performed by Vinny Smith
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your sister's sister, and other complications
18 February 2012 | by CountZero313See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$1,636,190

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,242,802
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Ada Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color
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