Your Sister’s Sister (15)
A drunken one-night stand is the catalyst for much soul-searching in Lynn Shelton’s largely improvised hybrid of sibling rivalry and love triangle.
Mourning his brother, Jack (Mark Duplass) accepts his gal pal Iris’s offer to sequester himself away in her family’s lakeside cabin. Expecting to find solitude, instead he finds Iris’s lesbian sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). After much boozing they fall into bed.
But in doing so they drag all manner of baggage into the crisp morning air. He is consumed by guilt. The sister, Hannah, is confused. And her sister, Iris (Emily Blunt), secretly in love with the fragile Jack, is devastated.
Shelton has authentically recreated all of the dynamics that riddle average family life. Her characters struggle with their emotions and a whole range of secrets they cannot reveal. The central triumvirate all appear to be very smart, emotionally switched-on and giving, particularly Jack.
Shelton and her cast opt for a realist style with a quasi theatrical delivery. The use of improvisational techniques lends the dialogue an immediacy and plausibility that underpins the sense of betrayal and jealousy.
Shelton’s take on the timeless love triangle is given an acceptable twist when the sisters are reconciled while Jack remains lost in the hinterlands of his own feelings. Avoiding generic Hollywood motifs for a sassy unique style of its own, Your Sister’s Sister urges against caution and diffidence, and for a wholesale embracing of that thing called love.