Cool, com­fort­able sis­ter­hood

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

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