French Cinema Now 2010: Sisters – Review & Trailer

Sisters (Gamines in french, after all, this is a french film) is NOT a film about nuns, nor is it a remake of Brian De Palma‘s thriller of the same name.  And regardless of what the picture to the left may suggest, it is not a spinoff film dedicated to the three Brady girls.  Okay, Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll tell you what it is about.

Narrated by the middle sister, Sibylle, Sisters tells the story of three siblings being raised by a single mother, and who never knew their father.  In fact, both the children’s mother and their relatives appear to go out of their way in avoiding any mention of the father at all.  As the mother shields her children from the dangerous unknown that is her ex-husband we, the audience, can not help but feel as if there is some greater conspiracy taking place, when really there isn’t, or is there?

Told mostly in flashbacks from the time a prepubescent Sibylle finds and steals a picture of her father in her mother’s room (naughty, naughty), to the awkward first face-to-face meeting between child and parent 20-some years later, Sisters – which is far from a thriller – had me on the edge of my couch.

This is an interesting study on how the times have changed, along with the stigma placed on the single parent, from being raised by a single mother 20 years ago, to that of today’s single parent children. In showing the events take place from the child’s perspective, writer and director, Eleonore Faucher, elicits a sense of mystery that could only belong to someone who has yet to enter into the adult world.

The only flaw – not that I was looking for any – was the musical selection.  The two songs that were played all too often throughout the film not only refused to leave my head well after the film had ended, but were constantly invading my brain during important parts of the film where there was no soundtrack at all.  Even now, the songs have found a way to haunt me in their cheerful annoying way.

But, soundtrack aside, Sisters is an enjoyable, thought-provoking film and one I can recommend seeing at this year’s French Cinema Now film festival.

Showtimes for Sisters:

Saturday, October 30, 2010 3:45pm @ Landmark’s Embarcadero

Sunday, October 31, 2010 6:45pm @ Landmark’s Embarcadero

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