The first tip I would give to any avid movie watcher is to go to whatever film your watching’s IMDb page and read through the “trivia” section towards the bottom. You will usually find some really fun and interesting tid-bits that will usually make a film more interesting and cool. In this movie, for example, I found that not only was the filming done in only three days, but a lot of the actors’ work was improvised. This is something I haven’t seen before in a film, and with a low-budget like this one had, it’s intriguing to me to think that we have three actors who were given a story, characters, and some guidelines, and then let loose. Let’s see what transpires!
A year after his brother Tom’s death, Jack is invited to get away from it all and spend some time at his best friend Iris’s family lakeside cabin. He accepts the offer only to find Iris’s sister Hannah. After a tough break up with her girlfriend, Hannah and Jack are both ready and willing to pound down a few shots and end up having sex. They awake to find that Iris herself has come down to the cabin.
Bringing up what I was saying earlier, we have a three character movie in an isolated place, and a lot of the acting is improvised. With such a task at hand, you need to have three experienced, smart, funny actors, and we have just that: Mark Duplass, who has been in many films and tv shows and who also has written/directed a few successful indie films with his brother; Emily Blunt, who is really blowing up in Hollywood right now and has had the biggest successes in acting in both comedies and dramas; Rosemarie DeWitt, who is known a little more for her television roles, but has also found festival film success.
Lynn Shelton‘s story is an okay one, it’s hard to find it that great when you know the actors are doing a lot of the work on their own. The whole film is kind of just a series of extended dialogues, back to back to back, and that can get a little monotonous. But the characters and their interactions that are much improvised really work, and there is a clear difference between what they do and say here than in other scripted movies. It gives the film a more personal, honest feeling.
Overall, I think the project as a whole doesn’t achieve anything new in the genre, but rather gives the viewer something they know, expect, and like, in a somewhat new/different fashion.
3/4 – Your Sister’s Sister, as a whole, doesn’t achieve anything new in the genre, but rather gives the viewer something they know, expect, and like, in a somewhat new/different fashion.