Your Sister's Sister


Writer-director Lynn Shelton’s miniature chamber piece “Your Sister’s Sister” takes on sexual boundaries again in a more polished outing than her raunchier “Humpday”.

Mumblecore filmmaker Mark Duplass is the hub of an awkward triangle opposite Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt.

The semi -improvised film was shot in under two weeks on Seattle’s San Juan Islands, and the production values flatten out at times, but the performances keep you engaged.

What could have been a full out farce plays more like a gentle family intervention, and able performances glide over some trite plot points. It’s not my favorite Emily Blunt performance (I prefer her playing full out comedy) but she nails it, and, happily, retains her English Accent Comic Mike Birbiglia (“I Know!) has a great cameo

Hapless Jack (Mark Duplass) has been on hold since the death of his brother, over a year ago. His “Debby Downer” personality poisons a memorial thrown by his brother’s pals. His best friend Iris (Emily Blunt) send him on a retreat to her father’s cabin on a remote island, where, with no phone or WIFI he can get some “head Space”.

Lumbering Jack bikes there only to find Iris’s sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) Hannah’s broken up with her long term girl friend and the two share a drunken night and a stolen moment. Iris appears the next morning and the three phumph their way to emotional resolution, enlivened by the three actors’ poignant perfs.


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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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