Ursula Meier is a filmmaker to watch, having given us the incredibly strange but moving Home in 2008. That film had the unique premise of a family dealing with a four-lane highway built in front of their house, with the tone shifting from a warm comedy to something akin to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Now she’s back with the Silver Bear winner, Sister, following a pre-teen professional thief at a ski resort and the relationship he has with his sister. Home was a great debut for Meier and this one, starring Lea Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein, looks like a drama in the vein of the Dardenne brothers (The Son, Kid With a Bike). The trailer is quite promising, and I look forward to its release later in the year.
Check out the trailer and the official synopsis below:
Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (Lea Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Everyday, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory.
SISTER will be released on October 5 in New York, and October 12 in Los Angeles.
Run time: 97 minutes
Official Website: http://www.adoptfilms.net/