Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Your Sister’s Sister
Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia
Part of: Framing Reality

Ever since his brother Tom’s death, Jack (Mark Duplass) has been off, continuously spiraling out of control. So his best friend and Tom’s ex-girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt) orders him a time-out. Alone. In the family cabin. But when Jack arrives there, Iris’ sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is also there, recuperating after a break-up with her girlfriend. To overcome the initial weirdness, the two of them get drunk together and promptly sleep with each other – only to be surprised by Iris the next morning. As all of them have something they’re hiding, they go through all the shades of awkwardness together.

I have seen three Lynn Shelton movies so far and I honestly loved all of them. I would be hard-pressed to say which one was my favorite. As with the other films, Your Sister’s Sister combines issues and emotional content with a light, sweet sense of humor. I could have watched it for hours more.


At the heart of the film are the characters and their relationships with each other. Hannah and Iris are obviously sisters, with all the rivalry and intimacy that comes with the territory. But also Jack’s relationship with both of them feels completely natural and real.

This couldn’t have worked with Duplass, Blunt and DeWitt who improvised most of the dialogues. I was wondering about that in th film because the way they talked was just so very normal – neither the usual filmspeak (without any uhms) nor the bad improvisationspeak (with countless repition of phrases you just know where in the prompt for the scene). And their love for each other was just palpable.

yoursisterssister1I also loved the way the story progressed and played out. It could have been absolute kitsch, but somehow it felt too unpolished and honest to ever really become cheesy. Which doesn’t mean that I wasn’t completely emotionally invested and that I didn’t hurt along with the characters and finally left the theater with a huge grin on my face. Because I totally did.

To round things off, the film had a really nice soundtrack, beautiful cinematography and it made me laugh so much. It’s just amazing.


Summarizing: I think I’m in love, I’m just unsure with what – the film, the characters, Lynn Shelton, all of them?

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