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Friday, October 26, 2012

Your Sister's Sister by Lynn Shelton, 2011 (R)

with Emily Blunt (Looper, The Five-Year Engagement, Wild Target, The Adjustment Bureau), Rosemarie DeWitt (Margaret, Rachel Getting Married), Mark Duplass, Mike Birbiglia

Jack, who is mourning the death of his brother, has a complicated relationship with his best friend, Iris, who used to date his brother. Their chaotic situation becomes even more tangled when Jack has a drunken tryst with Iris's flighty sister.

It feels good to see sometimes a simple romantic comedy, with nothing but subtleties, a little twist of drama, just enough of the character to love them without having to know every facts of their lives. Because the movie is about a little moment of their lives. The director looks like she chose shots and let the actors improvise upon their text, so you have beautiful scenes uncut of the two sisters. It feels very intimate, naked, and at the same time heavy of everyone's little secret. Yes, the story might resolve in a easy happy way, still it feels like mature people took upon themselves to actually solve it for the better. Finally, if you were a big fan of Emily Blunt (so mainstream!), I would really recommend to change ship, Rosemarie DeWitt is really amazing, everywhere she is, from "United States of Tara" to "Rachel Getting Married" and more.

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  1. Nice review. I was really taken by surprise with this flick because not only did I love the leads, like I expected, but the natural feel to everything really had me at every piece of dialogue. It was one of the rare situations where I wanted these characters to keep on talking about God knows what, and I think this is Duplass’ best performance yet.

    1. Completely agree with you Dan!
      I forgot to mention the role of editing style, from the beginning in the city, with a faster pace, and going to this isolated island, slowing down and giving more space to silence, a slower editing with minimum cuts, it gave a real meaning to the idea of recuperating oneself.