After the light-hearted Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, it’s back to drama for our CFS Online March Film of the Month. We are bringing you the Swiss film My Little Sister starring two of the finest German actors working today – Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger – with support from renowned Swiss stage and film actress, Marthe Keller. All CFS online films are included in your membership and you can watch it free here by using the code CFSMLS
With our next in-theatre screening not until 28th March why not take a look at our previous CFS Online Films of the Month. All are still available free to view using Promo codes Luzzu – CFSLUZZU, Queen of Glory – CFSQG, Hive – CFSHIVE and Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes – CFSBITM
Lisa, a teacher and gifted playwright, is now settled in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Her twin brother Sven is a celebrated stage actor in Germany who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia. Theatre is in the blood they share and when the film opens Lisa has already returned to Berlin to donate bone marrow to her brother. Sven, angry at not being allowed to continue in his role in a stage production of Hamlet, goes to Switzerland to recuperate where it falls to Lisa to care for him; their ties becoming stronger and risking Lisa’s already fraught marriage.
With its exploration of complicated family dynamics, personal aspirations and terminal illness My Little Sister could become an overly sentimental and clichéd work of heartstring-pulling but the writer-directors Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond tackle the material with honesty and sensitivity. Fine performances by Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger elevate the story and beautifully capture the characters’ feelings of hope, frustration and anger.
This is rather special. A relationship – that between adult twins – which is infrequently explored in cinema; a pairing, in Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger, of two of the finest German actors currently working; and a directorial approach, from Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, defined by a rare emotional intelligence. – Wendy Ide, The Observer
It’s a fierce, thoughtful drama. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
My Little Sister is a beautifully subtle work of powerful cinema. Both Hoss and Eidinger are superb, running through a whole gamut of emotions at the drop of a hat. … They walk a tight line at times, but the prowess of their leads ensure that My Little Sister delivers a powerful punch without ever descending into melodrama or schmaltz. – Rob Alda, Backseat Mafia
CFS members have also been given a 30% discount by YourScreen to the rest of their current titles by using the code CFS30
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