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The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle (2017)

After a life-changing loss, a young woman creates 11 alternative worlds to live in. As these imaginary worlds impact her REAL world in surprising ways, Sissy Carlyle leads us on a fantastical journey with an unexpected outcome.


George Carlos
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Complete credited cast:
April Billingsley ... Sissy Carlyle
Jason Burkey ... Riley Carlyle
Stephanie Northrup Stephanie Northrup ... Stella Gilbert
Brad Mills Brad Mills ... Elijah Bell
Morgan Ayres Morgan Ayres ... Will Brasselton
Tenaya Cleveland ... Rosemary Cross
John Gordon John Gordon ... Doug Yates
Desmond Phillips ... Bryce
Allen O'Reilly ... Asher Leyland
Mary Shaw ... Olivia Carlyle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Atwood ... Xavier Manley
Kerri J. Baldwin ... Grace
Soweto Bosia Soweto Bosia ... Trevor
Vince Canlas ... Cage Fight MC
Brad Corbin Brad Corbin ... EMT 2


Seven years ago, Sissy Carlyle's parents were killed in an icy car crash. While her charming irresponsible brother continued his questionable pursuits, Sissy stepped in to take care of their parents' antique shop, their home and the family cat Horatio. With her own life at a screeching halt, Sissy begins to fill 11 secret journals with the exciting adventures of daring, bold women she imagines she could be. Now her 27th birthday is just days away and Sissy decides to fill her 12th journal with the adventures of her real life - but much to her dismay, she has absolutely nothing to write about. Then one afternoon, an intriguing young performance artist walks into Sissy's shop and their chance encounter leads Sissy to face a tough choice - to remain safely cocooned in her fantasy lives or to take a chance and discover what her real life might become. Written by Fran Burst-Terranalla

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What's life ... without a little bit of fantasy?


Comedy | Drama

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A comedy about the aftermath of grief
18 November 2020 | by milbreSee all my reviews

A soaring score and beautiful cinematography embroider a story about a group of twenty-somethings adrift in Atlanta. At the heart of the tale is an estranged pair of siblings traumatized by their parents' sudden death a few years before. Both brother and sister are quirky as well as grief-stricken. He is hard to pin down about his various, questionable pursuits. She lives in her imagination, describing fantastic exploits in her journals, which he reads without permission. The two eventually open their hearts to each other's imperfect selves. In today's trauma-filled world, that's a happy ending!

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Release Date:

27 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


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$135,000 (estimated)
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Sissy Carlyle LLC See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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