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Sister (2012)

L'enfant d'en haut (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 18 April 2012 (France)
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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.

Director:

Ursula Meier

Writers:

Antoine Jaccoud (scenario), Ursula Meier (scenario) | 2 more credits »
11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Léa Seydoux ... Louise
Kacey Mottet Klein ... Simon
Martin Compston ... Mike
Gillian Anderson ... Kristin Jansen
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Le chef-cuisinier
Yann Trégouët Yann Trégouët ... Bruno
Gabin Lefebvre Gabin Lefebvre ... Marcus
Magne-Håvard Brekke ... Le skieur violent
Simon Guélat Simon Guélat ... L'homme de la Golf
Mike Winter Mike Winter ... Le skieur aux Dynastar
Yannick Ruiz Yannick Ruiz ... Saisonnier
Vincent Fontannaz Vincent Fontannaz ... Saisonnier
Alain Börek Alain Börek ... Saisonnier (as Alain Borek)
Frédéric Mudry Frédéric Mudry ... Saisonnier (as Fred Mudry)
Ange Ruzé Ange Ruzé ... Saisonnier
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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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Crime | Drama

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

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

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Slice of a sad life
25 December 2013 | by knucklebreatherSee all my reviews

In "Sister", we find 12-year-old Simon living a desperate life with his sister Louise in cheap public housing in an industrial town near (but literally below) a ski resort inhabited by the ultra wealthy. Louise works sporadically cleaning ski chateaus, while Simon seems to be the main breadwinner through his dubious job of swiping ski equipment and selling it as a one-man black market.

This sad story is presented in an atmospheric, minimalist way, making full use of the picturesque setting, yet managing to make the grandeur of the mountains and the luxury of the ski resort mostly just serve to make the viewer aware of the sadness of the two main characters.

The movie is definitely sociological in nature, making the viewer wish some outside party would intervene and help with this horrible situation. No particular moral or message is presented, I'm not sure one is implied even subtly, except that the world can be a very sad place for people at the bottom, even in a place like Switzerland that is often portrayed as an ideal society (it certainly isn't in this movie).

The only fault I could really find was that the movie dwells for so long on Simon's thefts in the first half of the movie, which are not all that entertaining, and beyond establishing that his life is like that, I'm not sure that we really needed the full 45 minutes of him being a ski resort kleptomaniac. Nothing else in the movie felt unnecessary, or even worthy of criticism... for what it is trying to be, this movie is quite good, especially in the second half.

My only advice is to not expect anything upbeat. I found this movie rather depressing. That hardly means it's not a good movie, of course. Just brace yourself for one sad slice of life.


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Release Date:

18 April 2012 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,401, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$154,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,218,174
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