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My Little Sister(Schwesterlein)

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Switzerland, Germany

2020

1h 39m

Director Stéphanie Chuat

Starring Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, Marthe Keller, Jens Albinus

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Berlin playwright Lisa follows her husband Martin to Switzerland, where he manages a private school. However, when her twin brother Sven’s leukaemia begins to wreak havoc on his health, she decides she must return to her roots, which has significant consequences for her relationship.

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75

Washington Post by Ann Hornaday

Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond with superb control and insight, My Little Sister never goes precisely where the audience expects, as the filmmakers dole out crucial information at well-timed intervals, illuminating the pieces of Lisa and Sven’s past that have brought them to this life-or-death point.
70

Los Angeles Times by Carlos Aguilar

My Little Sister is frank and poignant. With a distinctive angle and the rawness of the cast’s first-rate performances, Chuat and Reymond elevate a premise that could have, in other hands, veered into the realm of the uninspired.
75

The Film Stage by Ed Frankl

It’s a film that carries emotional power more in its moments of natural reflexiveness than the weepie genre’s more conventional emotional beats, anchored by two focused lead performances that thankfully don’t succumb to melodrama.
80

Variety by Guy Lodge

A modestly scaled, intimately observed domestic drama that doesn’t reinvent any wheels in its portrayal of family frictions, midlife ennui and the anguish of terminal illness, but handles all this potentially sticky material with clear-eyed (and finally, when required, somewhat moist-eyed) grace.
80

Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

Every moment strengthens the essence of the drama—the bond of love between two people who came out of their mother’s womb within seconds of one another.
83

IndieWire by Kate Erbland

My Little Sister regains its footing in its final scenes, eschewing the expected for the raw emotion of real life.
70

Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

The pleasure of watching five fine actors feed on each other’s crackling dramatic energy drives this sensitive if not exactly groundbreaking Swiss cancer drama.
75

Boston Globe by Ty Burr

My Little Sister comes from an unusual creative team: Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, Swiss friends from childhood who write and direct films together. Their fourth feature, it combines a fluid visual realism — there are some astonishing sequences of Alpine parasailing — with an emotional intimacy that’s its own form of jumping off a cliff. This time, they’re collaborating with an actress willing to take a blind leap and bring us with her. It’s a bracing trip, a work of daredevil nerve that serves as its own reward.