Me And My Sister (2004)

ALEXANDRA LECLERE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Original title:  Les Soeurs Fachees

France, 2004.  Pan Européenne, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinéma, Région Ile-de-France, Canal+, CinéCinéma.  Screenplay by Alexandra Leclere.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Friendly, vivacious Louise () visits Paris from the countryside to meet with a publisher interested in putting her first novel in print. She also takes the opportunity to reunite with her uptight, bourgeois sister (Isabelle Huppert) for the first time in three years. The two personalities clash almost from the very moment they are together, with Huppert being completely embarrassed by the delight her sister takes in everything she sees in the City of Lights, while Frot eventually comes to understand her sister’s disdain and is hurt deeply by it. Two outstanding performances in the leads and a wonderful script by first-time filmmaker Alexandra Leclere make for a highly captivating, in-depth examination at the world of quarreling siblings. While the tone is mostly light and fun, there are moments of intense gravity that don’t throw the film off balance but do plunge the audience further into the psyche of these two highly developed characters (the dinner scene towards the end is especially memorable).

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