Your Sister’s Sister


Sat, Apr 28

   7:00 / Kabuki

Big Nights

USA, 2011, 90 min


Lynn Shelton
Steven Schardt
Lynn Shelton
Benjamin Kasulke
Nat Sanders
Vinny Smith
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass, Mike Birbiglia
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Your Sister’s Sister

Ticket info: This screening is "At Rush"

Lynn Shelton’s last film, Humpday, took what sounded like the premise of a raunchy joke—two straight pals dare each other to star in their own gay porn movie—to explore male relationships and thirty-something anxiety. Now she ups the emotional stakes. Still grief-stricken a year after his brother's death, Jack (Mark Duplass) travels to a remote cabin on Puget Sound at the suggestion of his best friend, Iris (Emily Blunt), who thinks that he’ll benefit from the isolation. He arrives to find Iris’s sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), recovering from a bad breakup, and they quickly bond over their shared misery. When Iris turns up to surprise Jack, she notes a new connection between him and her sister. What begins as a happy reunion soon deteriorates into a fractious encounter, the trio caroming off one another amid misunderstandings, betrayals and secret affections. Improvising much of the dialogue, the three actors are terrific, imbuing their complex, sometimes maddening characters with genuine heart. Shelton and her cast develop an idea initially conceived by Duplass into a funny, truthful story about sibling bonds, friendship, love and miscommunication.

—Pam Grady

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Lynn Shelton

A native of Seattle, Lynn Shelton was an actor and film editor before turning to writing and directing. We Go Way Back (2006), her first feature, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival. She received the Independent Spirit Awards' Someone to Watch Award for her second film, My Effortless Brilliance (2008). Her third feature, Humpday (2009), garnered the Independent Spirit Awards' John Cassavetes Award and a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In between Humpday and Your Sister's Sister (2011), she directed a 2010 episode of Mad Men.