Agnès Godard's second collaboration with Swiss director Ursula Meier finds the great cinematographer working with digital video for the first time in her career. “The images don't have the same texture, the poetic charge is different, so you have to reinvent the images,” she notes. At a luxury ski resort in the Swiss Alps, a damaged teenage girl dreams of love, while her seemingly innocuous preteen brother has more practical concerns, like stealing from the irritatingly idle rich who ski and frolic down the slopes. An Alpine fable of two outcasts seeking warmth from a (literally) icy world, their hopes of “rising above” only apparent in the ski lift that moves from their flatland hovel to the mountainside resort, Sister is “simultaneously personal and political, intimate and bigger than any one life” (New York Times).

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