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1,374 Ratings


L'enfant d'en haut

Directed by Ursula Meier
Switzerland, France, 2012
  • French
  • English


A luxury ski resort in Switzerland. 12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister. Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down.

Our take

Ursula Meier’s Sister is a film with secrets–a film that quietly yet fiercely challenges the ‘family institution’ by pushing the boundaries of on-screen filial relationships. An acute look at loneliness, dependance and denial, with remarkable cinematography by Agnès Godard.

Sister Directed by Ursula Meier

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Silver Bear

Independent Spirit Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best International Film

César Awards

2013 | Nominee: Most Promising Actor

Gracefully, [Meier] oscillates between visual, narrative and real-world extremes — the big and the little, the rich and the poor, the grand and the base — to build a story that is simultaneously personal and political, intimate and bigger than any one life.
October 04, 2012
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Writer/director Ursula Meier uses a stripped-down, naturalistic aesthetic full of well-organized compositions that pay close attention to shifts in character mood, comportment, and behavior. Her eerily silent soundscape—punctuated by a score that alternates between lullaby portentousness and electro-fuzz energy—adds to a mood of lost souls trying to maintain balance on a dangerous precipice.
October 03, 2012
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Despite its predictability and somewhat shopworn narrative, Sister is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization, factors which mostly make up for these weaknesses.
October 02, 2012
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