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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
When the film was originally scheduled to start filming in middle October 2010 for two weeks, Rachel Weisz was set to play Emily Blunt's sister, so the actress could complete her part and start filming The Deep Blue Sea (2011) in November. However, filming of Lynn Shelton's movie was postponed, making Weisz pull out due to schedule conflicts with The Deep Blue Sea. Rosemarie DeWitt replaced her, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance. See more »
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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An indie film like Your Sister's Sister can make improv dialogue a work of art with nary a complaint from an audience that knows the rules of inexpensive and impromptu storytelling. Two sisters become entangled with the same man, resulting in awkward moments and some fiery dialogue, but mostly the sweetness of people who actually love each other.
Iris (Emily Blunt) invites best friend, slacker Jack (Mark Duplass, the current mumblecore favorite—see Safety Not Guaranteed), to stay alone in the family cabin on one of Seattle's San Juan Islands for some reflective time a year after the loss of his brother and her love. As it happens, her sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is there at the same time, and, well, the two connect after a night's heavy drinking. Upon Iris's arrival, there will be tentative peace until the tryst is revealed.
That's not the only revelation, for each has secrets to tell, most of which are slowly distributed over the 90 min. The art and beauty of these complications are in the natural dialogue, generated by 12 days of production with writer/director Lynn Shelton in several cabins on the Islands. Because I'm a fan of Brit director Mike Leigh's organic working out of dialogue with his actors, I found this film as pleasant as overhearing crisp, natural dialogue at the table next to me in a quiet, classy restaurant.
Although I also enjoy the witty conversation of well-crafted scripts, the emotional intensity generated by the shenanigans at the cabin is enhanced by the natural dialogue. Nothing strident and very little crying as the complicated web takes over the tension and the principals figure out who loves whom and how to make the secrets known.
Besides the common setup of best friends falling in love, the rhythm of ordinary life coupled with our voyeur role, be it looking through a window at a partially-clad lady or listening to two sisters do pillow talk, Your Sister's Sister is a satisfying low-key indie with oodles of humanity.
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