My Little Sister

Schwesterlein

Switzerland 2020
In German, French and English, with partial English subtitles
99 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Stéphanie Chuat & Véronique Reymond
Screenplay: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond
Cast: Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, Marthe Keller, Jens Albinus
Production: Ruth Waldburger / Vega Film
Print Source: Beta Cinema

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

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