- Ursula Meier
- Kacey Mottet Klein, Lea Seydoux, Gillian Anderson
This story of a boy who supports himself and his older sister by stealing from wealthy guests at a luxury Swiss ski resort is Switzerland’s submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar. Everyday twelve-year-old Simon takes the lift up the mountain and steals equipment from rich tourists to resell to local kids in the town below. His sister seems appreciative, but tension grows between the two as she spends more and more time with a string of boyfriends. Meier, who made the wonderful Home, starring Isabelle Huppert, was what Meier termed a “horizontal” film, whereas Sister is a “vertical” film, exploring the differences between the fantasy-like world at the top of mountain and the more desolate one at the bottom, and Simon’s relationship to both. “The high-low setting effectively reinforces the emotional geography of both lost souls. Gillian Anderson makes a brief, well-placed appearance as one of the rich.” (Entertainment Weekly) “Sister is a penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief.” (Time) In French and English.