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More excellence as usual @TheHyland: Your Sister’s Sister

- August 8th, 2012

 

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Official selection • Toronto International Film Festival 2011

 

 

 

Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass star in YOUR SISTER`S SISTER, a new comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry. A year after his brother Tom`s death, Jack (Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom`s best friend Iris (Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris` sister Hannah (Dewitt) who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom`s unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris` sudden presence at the cabin the next morning. A twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion with raw, hilarious and emotional performances from the all-star cast.

Any movie with the sublime Emily Blunt is a good movie sez JBNBlog & so Your Sister’s Sister is a treat by definition. It continues at the Hyland Cinema, home of the hits. Director Lynn Shelton’s Humpday did not light up when borrowed from the LPL but now that JBNBlog finally gets the title joke (film is approximately about efforts to make a gay porn epic), maybe it’s time to get out the library card again . . . Shelton’s method, twisted Chekhov for our time & many smallbig moments, is a hit with the threesome in  Your Sister’s Sister . . . among the intelligent insights is the measure of a person through movies affecting their lives. A friend foolishly eulogizes the film’s ghost — the Duplass character’s brother — as a man deeply touched by Hotel Rwanda and so determined to  do good in the world.

Not so counters a surly Duplass. My brother was much more deeply affected by Revenge of the Nerds — which he, a bully, saw as proof his bullying ways would not work when he confronted clever nerds & so he would try being a nicer person instead. This is an admirable enough misreading of Nerds – where the bullies do pretty well for most the action & would logically continue to dominate in a real world — to be convincing as a character insight.

So that’s a cleverness. Watching half-sisters Blunt and Dewitt spar with cruel ploys about bad dates (any hairs but these) and butter in the taters to torture the vegan is great stuff & even if a bicycle must be mistreated to advance the plot, so be it.

Not that this fan is complaining but Sister is the second Hyland flick in a row (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the other) with Blunt where she falls for a definitely off-beat, sweet, good-cooking guy  . . . . either there is hope for all of us, brothers, or she will have to make a film with Sarah Polley. Who didn’t hold back & has Michelle Williams switch off her sweet fella for the neighbourhood rickshaw-pulling hunk.

So. Get down to the Hyland. Enjoy. The parking lot has been fixed & the construction baffles around the building are gone.

 

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2 comments

  1. The improvised indie drama Your Sister’s Sister , from filmmaker Lynn Shelton, is a human story of grief and romance, and finding humor in unlikely places. Jack (Mark Duplass) is an emotionally unstable slacker, still reeling from the death of his brother Tom, a year later. When Tom’s ex-girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest, Jack runs into Iris’ sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), who herself is reeling from the abrupt end of a long-term relationship and looking for solace.

  2. james.reaney says:

    Silver account aka gold price or whatever, JBNBlog doesn’t know how you do it . . . but for the second of third time you have made it out of the spam purgatory & avoided the hell of trash & placed a comment with the real people here.
    You impressed me most when you somehow found a story of mine about Saul Holiff & Johnny Cash & sent along a snippet as a comment on an appropriate post. This one isn’t bad as background.
    So. My dubious nod in your direction . . . you are a master of spam lite.

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