Cool, comfortable sisterhood
IT’S not often you come across a film as fully ‘‘ lived in’’ as Your Sister’s Sister.
Right from the get- go, this indie American talkfest exudes a confidence, a composure and, dare I say it, a cool that extinguishes any cynicism in the room.
From beginning to end, conversation flows freely, and I can guarantee your inner eavesdropper will be hanging on every word of each character.
It does help the cause of Your Sister’s Sister no end that there are only three mouths churning out all the chatter.
Lead actors Emily Blunt ( the sister), Rosemary DeWitt ( her sister, both pictured) and Mark Duplass ( the non- sister) were encouraged by writer- director Lynn Shelton to design an intricate rapport for their characters before shooting began.
It is a technique not unlike that famously employed by British filmmaker Mike Leigh, and when it is done properly, it fills every scene with an air of both comfort and authenticity.
An audience put at ease is an audience that will believe in the story being told.
Which is exactly how things pan out for Your Sister’s Sister as it cruises through its straightforward tale of a few days spent at a rural retreat by a trio of Seattle hipsters.
Iris ( Blunt) and Jack ( Duplass) are longtime best friends hovering reluctantly at a crossroads where their relationship just might turn from platonic to romantic.
The pair are joined for their brief stay away by Hannah ( DeWitt), Iris’ lesbian sister, who is still brooding over a lengthy affair that has just ended.
The casual interplay between these three is a delight to witness, especially once a few old secrets – and a few freshly minted ones as well – are thrown into the mix.