An audacious actor hellbent on getting back to the stage after his leukemia diagnosis, Sven (Lars Eidinger) initially scans as the most formidable character in Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s moving drama My Little Sister, but it’s Lisa (Nina Hoss) who emerges as its fiery heart. Hoss and Eidinger easily slip into the twins’ close bond, with the actors adopting similar mannerisms and inflections, all the better to sell the sense that even the distance that has marked their adulthood is unable to crack what was forged in the womb. But can terminal illness? The answer is no, obviously, but Chuat and Reymond take their time unspooling a graceful drama that twists the tear-soaked conventions of the cancer drama into something raw and satisfying.
Kate Erbland, IndieWire