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Your Sister's Sister (Blu-ray)
MPI Home Video // R // November 6, 2012 // Region A
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted November 16, 2012 | E-mail the Author
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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Independent
cinema has gained a
great deal from the talents of Lynn Shelton and Mark Duplass, who
previously
collaborated on the indie favorite Humpday
and who have both made names for themselves as interesting actors
and
filmmakers. Both have demonstrated promise for their new establishments
in the cinematic
world. I am hugely impressed.  Your
Sister's Sister
is the latest film
from writer/director Shelton and Duplass leads the talented cast. This
effort
is one of their best yet and this film is representative of some of the
greatness
indie filmmaking has to offer audiences in today's cinema landscape.
This is an
impressive feature and it is one of the best dramas released in the
past year
regardless of production budget or marketing or any of that hoopla
business.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
film begins with introducing us
to Jack (Mark Duplass). Jack is dealing with the loss of his brother,
is
currently unemployed, and is feeling a bit lost. He is close friends
with the
beautiful and charming Iris (Emily Blunt), who used to be in a
relationship
with Jack's brother before he passed away.  It's
not exactly a great time for either of them
at the beginning of the story.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Iris
suggests to Jack that he take a
trip to her family cabin and spend a few days there to think things
over and to
find some relaxation during these times of hardship. Iris is quite
caring as a
friend and just wants to look out for Jack and it doesn't take much for
Jack to
oblige. Her idea intrigues him (even though he learns that Iris won't
be able
to make it there to see him - some news that he didn't seem to want to
hear).  Jack heads out on bike to have his
week of
solitude and reawakening.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">So,
naturally, Jack arrives at the
cabin and discovers that someone else is already at the cabin. "Who
could
possibly be in there?" was surely a part of Jack's reaction to the girl
he saw
was there. It turns out to be Iris's sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt),
who
decided to take a stay following a breakup with her now ex lesbian
girlfriend.
Jack and Hannah begin sharing the comedic recollections they have of
Iris and
they get to know each other over several drinks.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Jack
and Hannah have sex after their
drunken conversation that evening. Unexpectedly, Iris arrives the
following
morning at the family cabin. Jack scrambles around and acts crazed as
there's
absolutely nothing about the sex with Iris's sister that Jack wants
Iris to
know about. Hannah is perplexed and doesn't understand why. Everything
becomes
more complicated.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">As
the story unfolds, the audience
gets to see more of the intimacy of the sibling relationship between
Iris and
Hannah and the closeness between Jack and Iris becomes clearer and more
defined. Yet Jack slept with Hannah... and Hannah slept with Jack. What
to do?


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">This
film isn't that complicated if
one is to only consider the way the plot is established and certain
specifics
as to how everything unfolds. Even so, Your
Sister's Sister
is absolutely an interesting and unique creation.
It is a
complex undertaking much more so than it is simple. These characters
are
complex human beings and the way in which Shelton handles the care
necessary in
her storytelling is delicate and humane.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
subject matter is handled well. It
certainly isn't utilized to create laughs. Anyone expecting a comedy
(as some
of the trailers for this film seemed to indicate) won't necessarily
appreciate
every aspect of the film and may feel a bit disappointed. There are
some
comedic moments, indeed, but this film is entirely a dramatic one at
its core.  Fans of great dramatic stories
of complicated characters
will enjoy this one the best.  It is a
relationship-based drama about siblings, friends, and the hearts and
minds of the
people we love. Nothing about that is a simplified theme. Your
Sister's Sister
has a lot of ground to explore, and it covers
those fascinating territories with a special kind of grace. style=""> 


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Looking
at the film from a production
standpoint is really quite amazing. The film only has a handful of
locations
that it utilized and all of these location spots were used effectively
in the
film. It's clear that this wasn't a movie made on a giant budget and
that it
handled that aspect well. Your Sister's
Sister
doesn't feel small in scope even if it's apparent that the
budget
was smaller on this particular filmmaking effort. 



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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Some
aspects of the film reminded me
of a theatrical production, especially certain scenes that unfold at
the family
cabin. I enjoy it when films can manage to feel like a nice balanced
blend
between the theatrical and the cinematic. Quentin Tarantino handled
this style
of filmmaking remarkably well with Reservoir
Dogs
.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">It
always impresses me when
filmmakers work well utilizing that kind of style.  Lynn
Shelton does an excellent job blending these
aspects with Your Sister's Sister and
it excels, in part, at least... because of the intimate theatrical
quality
inherent in this film's screenplay. Shelton's writing is well-balanced
and character
focused in a way that's essential for the success of the story. This is
one of many
ways in which the effort works wonders.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Your
Sister's Sister
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is a triumphant success as an indie film and as one of the best films
of the
year overall. It features amazing filmmaking by Shelton, excellent
performances
by Blunt, DeWitt, and Duplass, and strikingly beautiful cinematography
by
Benjamin Kasulke. It's excellent filmmaking from start to finish.



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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Your
Sister's Sister
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">arrives
on Blu-ray with a generally superb 1080p High Definition transfer. This
has a
nice blend of traditional film and digital film stylistic moments. Some
scenes
have grain, black levels, and some inherent softness. Not everything is
shiny and perfect. These image flaws are barely an issue when the film
is in motion and are usually just minor issues during
the night-time scenes. Most of the movie looks crisp, clean, and modern
with a
sleek digital look that is impressive. Your
Sister's Sister
is presented in its 1.78:1 widescreen aspect
ratio. The
lush and colorful cinematography shines beautifully with this release.
I was
especially impressed by seeing outdoors shots look stunning in High
Definition.



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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Audio:


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5.1
DTS-HD Master Audio isn't frequently engaged with the surround sound
and is
only utilized occasionally. When the surround fields are active it's
never so
that the film can add immersive ambiance. Things are relatively quiet
throughout
the film and its main focus as a sound design seems to be to replicate
dialogue
well, which is clear and easy to understand.


style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">However,
the film does occasionally focus on the score and in these moments the
stage is
expanded and it sounds even more immersive with Vinny Smith's pleasant
original
score.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Extras:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Your
Sister's Sister
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">contains
the following supplements: Commentary
with Writer/Director Lynn Shelton and Star Mark Duplass, Filmmaker
& Crew
Commentary Track
features writer/director Lynn Shelton and other
crew
members, and the original Your Sister's
Sister
Theatrical Trailer (in HD).



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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Final
Thoughts:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Your
Sister's Sister
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">is
one of the best made indie films of 2012. It's a solid story that is
benefited
from delicate writing and direction by Lynn Shelton. The performances
by all
three leads are the kind of performances needed to carry the story.
There is a
huge emphasis on the acting and there isn't anything in this film that
is less
than stellar when it comes down to Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and
Mark
Duplass.  Your Sister's Sister
is worth seeking out for fans intelligent
dramas.


style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Highly
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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