Jack is mourning the death of his brother and struggling to get his life on track. His best friend and ex of his late sibling, Iris, intervenes and sends Jack to her family’s holiday pad in the San Juan Islands. Jack is welcomed by Iris’ sister Hanna, who is mending her wounds over a recent breakup.
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Scripts based on improvisation are garnering my respect as the best way to direct actors: it makes them sound more natural and more human than ever - and that is exactly why this film is brilliant. With a mesmerizing trio of performances and a set of smart directing decisions and techniques, Your Sister's Sister is a nowadays masterpiece, proving that intimate movies can be as excellent as any other. Five out of five
I think that there is an element of farce in the central idea behind this film. Aside from that it is played reasonably straight and makes for an enjoyable lighthearted film. I thought it was well paced, well acted and featured some beautiful scenery.
A good performance by Mark Duplass, but fell frustratingly into the category of "heterocentric-white-people-problems", in which the male is permitted to be of average attractiveness if he is smart and self-deprecating, while females must be thin and beautiful (personalities need not apply).
The semi-improvised script feels natural, and the actors' humor and emotions strike the right notes. Even the cat's cradle shifting relations worked. The piece that threw me off was the drunken night. I lost track of the # of tequila shots, but they didn't seem drunk at all, which made their actions that much less believable. Not even a hangover the next morning? Jose Cuervo should sue for libel. 3.5 stars