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  • Summary: Simon lives with his older sister in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Everyday, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski worldSimon lives with his older sister in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Everyday, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory. (Adopt Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Emma Bernstein
    Oct 4, 2012
    100
    Sister is as bleak and as beautiful as its snowy, mountainous setting.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 5, 2012
    91
    Her film is closer to Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" in the way it gets inside the gumption and desperation of childhood lived on the edge. It's a terrific, bracingly sad movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Oct 8, 2012
    90
    Director Ursula Meier's 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 2, 2012
    80
    Meier is clearly carving out a path all her own; the next one should be a gem.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Oct 17, 2012
    80
    The strong supporting gallery - including Gillian Anderson and Martin Compston - feels underused, but Meier and her ace DoP Agn├Ęs Godard make shrewd use of the dramatic alpine locations.
  6. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Nov 9, 2012
    75
    The real acting laurels go to Klein, who is both an adult and a child - by turns smart and not so smart, brave and fearful, caring and full of disdain.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 2, 2012
    70
    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.

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  1. Nov 23, 2014
    7
    The cool thing about sister is that It really makes you curious about what it is about/what is going to happen. Its pleasant enough, and quiteThe cool thing about sister is that It really makes you curious about what it is about/what is going to happen. Its pleasant enough, and quite likeable. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2012
    6
    One look at the description and you know what you're getting into: a bleak, realistic European drama that probably isn't the best choice forOne look at the description and you know what you're getting into: a bleak, realistic European drama that probably isn't the best choice for movie night with your friends. It's unpleasant, it's the exact opposite of entertaining, but it's compelling, the acting is solid, and if "scenes from a Swiss boy's messed up childhood" sounds like something you'd want to see, you won't be disappointed. Expand