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The Sister

Ursula Meier
L’enfant d’en haut
France, Switzerland 2012 / 100’

Simon is twelve years old. Louise is an adult, but looks not much older then the boy. Are they siblings? Perhaps. They live in a cramped apartment beside a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. The majestic mountains are capped with pristine snow, but down below is nothing but cold mud. Louise leads a licentious existence, while young Simon keeps things in order. At one point, she comes home so drunk that he has to help her undress and lie down – after which he sets off for the resort, where he pilfers ski equipment and pawns it off to put some food on the table.

Director Ursula Meier’s film sets out as a social drama, but turns into something more intimate after a long-kept secret comes to light. Can truth once revealed be forgotten?

awards

Berlin IFF 2012 – Silver Berlin Bear

Ursula Meier

Born in Besançon, France, in 1971, she possesses both French and Swiss nationalities. She studied film and television at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Belgium and was second assistant director on Alain Tanner’s films Fourbi (1995) and Jonas et Lila, a demain (1999). Her feature film debut, Home (2008) has been screened in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes Film Festival. The Sister is her second feature film.

Selected filmography

1994 À corps perdu (short)

2001 Tous à table / Table Manners (short)

2003 Des épaules solides (TV movie)

2004 Autour de Pinget (doc.)

2004 Des heures sans sommeil / Sleepless (short)

2008 Dom przy autostradzie / Home

2012 Twoja siostra / L’enfant d’en haut / The Sister

Cast & Crew

director Ursula Meier
screenplay Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud, Gilles Taurand
cinematography Agnès Godard
editing Nelly Quettier
music John Parish
sound Etienne Curchod
cast Kacey Mottet Klein, Léa Seydoux, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson, Jean-François Stévenin, Yann Trégouët, Gabin Lefebvre
producer Ruth Waldburger, Denis Freyd
production Vega Film, Archipel 35, Radio Télévision Suisse, Bande a Part Films
sales Memento
language English, French
colouration colour