A keenly observed examination of class differences and tenuous family ties, Ursula Meier’s accomplished second film (after 2008’s equally assured Home) focuses on 12-year-old Simon and his desperate attempts to survive. Simon lives in a bleak housing project in the valley of a posh Swiss ski resort. This tiny, cunning boy steals skis and other expensive equipment, later reselling it to his neighbors. The money Simon earns from his illegal trade supports not just himself but his young mother, Louise, a wayward, unemployed young woman in her twenties who tries to pass him as her brother. The contrasts between the abundant privilege of the vacationing skiers and the dreary hand-to-mouth existence of Simon are further highlighted by ace cinematographer Agnès Godard: She masterfully shoots the resort as a majestic expanse of bright blue and white, while, down below, Simon’s immediate environment is rendered in punishingly drab gray. In his indelible, heartbreaking portrayal of Simon, Klein joins the ranks of cinema’s greatest child actors.

“The mountains loom so very large and the child looks so very small in Sister, a cool yet compassionate look at two people bound by love and shared struggles in a world of haves and have-nots.”
Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Ursula Meier

Antoine Jaccoud, Ursula Meier & Gilles Taurand

Louise: Lea Seydoux
Simon: Kacey Mottet Klein
Kristin Jansen: Gillian Anderson

Silver Berlin Bear, Ursula Meier – Berlin International Film Festival (2012)

GENRE Crime, Drama
LANGUAGE French, English
PRODUCTION France, Switzerland, 2012
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) 35, Blu-ray, DCP

*Please note new distributor: Kino Lorber EDU