Sister (L'enfant d'en haut)

Sister (L'enfant d'en haut)

Sister (L'enfant d'en haut)

French coming-of-age dramedy, set in the Swiss mountains, about a poor boy who supports himself and his sister by pinching ski equipment from wealthy resort guests and selling it to the locals. Silver Bear winner at Berlin Film Festival 2012.

"A luxury ski resort in Switzerland. 12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister, Louise (Léa Seydoux, Midnight in Paris). Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down. As he partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, Simon loses his boundaries, which affects the relationship with his sister. Confronted with a truth they had both been escaping, Simon seeks refuge up above." (Berlin Film Festival 2012)

Silver Bear (Special Award), Berlin International Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: M, Offensive language97 minsSwitzerland, FranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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Sister (L'enfant d'en haut) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Far from a sociorealist morality tale about the lower class robbing those literally higher up, pic carves out its own unique niche by focusing squarely on the emotional needs of the 12-year-old protag and his titular sibling.

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Total Film

Total Film

Like her 2008 debut Home, Swiss director Ursula Meier's accomplished follow-up focuses on those living on the margins.

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Time Out

Time Out

An unusual, involving, slightly strained character study.

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Time Out

Time Out

Meier is clearly carving out a path all her own; the next one should be a gem.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A cool yet compassionate look at two people bound by love and shared struggles in a world of haves and have-nots.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An interesting and well-made movie, though with an uncertain ending.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A solid coming of age dramedy with strong social undertones.

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