Sister My Sister

July 14th, 1995


Sister My Sister

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This all-woman production is set in provincial France in the early 1930's. Two young, country sisters...

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 7.1/10 (1,505 voted)

Director: Nancy Meckler

Stars: Julie Walters, Joely Richardson, Jodhi May

This all-woman production is set in provincial France in the early 1930's. Two young, country sisters enter domestic service in the bourgeois household of a penurious widow and her homely daughter. Neither pair speaks to the other: two sets of women separated and confined by social convention, personality, and the house itself. The relationship of the sisters slowly evolves into obsession, brought about by isolation and by emotions left from childhood. Trapped in a garret room, the sisters' violent downstairs-upstairs collision with Madame Danzard and the lumpy Isabelle seems certain.

Writers: Wendy Kesselman, Wendy Kesselman

Julie Walters - Madame Danzard
Joely Richardson - Christine
Jodhi May - Lea
Sophie Thursfield - Isabelle Danzard
Amelda Brown - Visitor
Lucita Pope - Visitor
Kate Gartside - Sister Veronica
Aimee Schmidt - Young Lea
Gabriella Schmidt - Young Christine

Release Date: 14 July 1995

Gross: $217,881 (USA)

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User Review

Spare, dark and beautiful film.

Rating: 10/10

I loved Sister, My fact, I bought it without having seen it first based on recommendation alone, and I haven't regretted it one bit. I think that the acting was great, by the entire cast; I felt that the storyline (based on an actual murder case and subsequent play), though revisited in this film, is still relevant in that it addresses issues of classism, oppression, and societal stigmatization. To dismiss this film as merely an incestuous, murderous lesbian romp is a mistake. Even though the lesbian subject seemed to be a large factor, there is a definite timidity to the photography of the sex scenes, in that there was more in the way of well framed shots than fleshy action given the intensity of feeling portrayed. So probably, the film isn't as offensive as the description might imply. I feel that the film was evenly handled throughout. Even the murders, while fairly gruesome as described in the voiceover of the trial, weren't disgustingly splatter film-like, they, like the sex scenes left much to the imagination. I recommend this film highly, it's not at all fluffy feel-good schlock, it's disturbing, dark and painful - that's what makes it so good!


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