Out This Week: My Little Sister
“Superb performances by Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger ground this moving, unfussy Swiss drama of twin siblings whose bond is tested by leukemia. This is bright, unaffected naturalism with a fluidly roving camera, but also a generous regard for its ensemble, as befits a film affectionately embedded in the Berlin theater scene. Chuat and Reymond’s direction is delicate and unobtrusive, in tune with their calmly deep-digging actors.” – Guy Lodge, Variety
“My Little Sister is an affecting, emotionally truthful experience. Nina Hoss delivers a raw, compelling, performance.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
“This is a quietly stunning film that strikes chords of emotional truth, lingering long after viewing.” – Josephina A., One Room with a View
“CRITIC’S PICK! Tender. Faces terminal illness with a refreshing emotional candor. Distinguished by a modestly discreet directing style that allows the actors to shine, My Little Sister offers neither false uplift nor dreary realism. The photography is bright and lustrous, the tone vital and purposeful.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“With sophistication and restraint, My Little Sister tells an engrossing tale of sibling love. Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond with superb control and insight.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“One of Europe’s greatest leading female stars, Nina Hoss has a strong, enigmatic presence like no one else. When she’s in a scene nothing else really matters, attentions are all on her, as she takes total dominion of the screen, the situation, penetrating into the viewer’s her deepest emotions. A powerful study on compassion and unconditional love.” – Roger Costa, Brazilian Press
“Eidinger will remind some of Tom Hanks’ Academy Award-wining turn in Philadelphia. Hoss is a completely riveting screen presence, who brings tremendous humanity to Lisa. What Hoss is asked to do here is show us how a creative mind operates even under great duress, and she does it brilliantly.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald
Switzerland’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards, My Little Sister is a deeply moving, critically-acclaimed drama following a creative brother and sister pair in an unusually close relationship tested by illness.
Lisa (Nina Hoss), once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven (Lars Eidinger), a famous theatre actor.
Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate. She does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate, she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband. Her marriage goes awry, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again.
Watch the trailer for My Little Sister below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.