Your Sister's Sister

Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenwriters: Lynn Shelton

Institute History

  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival


Lynn Shelton first came to the Festival in 2009 with Humpday. We are thrilled to show her fourth feature, Your Sister’s Sister, a subtle, heartfelt romantic comedy that premiered at Toronto earlier this year, and to count her as a member of our U.S. Dramatic Competition jury.

One year after his brother’s death, Jack hasn’t recovered. His best friend, Iris, prescribes solitary reflection and sends him to her father’s empty cabin. But she doesn’t realize her sister, Hannah, is there for similar reasons, having just walked out on a seven-year relationship. Over tequila shots, Hannah and Jack get acquainted. When Iris drops in unexpectedly, complications arise in the form of rivalry and more than a few surprising revelations.

Your Sister’s Sister shows Lynn Shelton as a complete filmmaker. As always, Shelton is brilliant with actors. Blunt and DeWitt excel under her method of combining improvisation with scripted dialogue. The film is both cinematic and lyrical, going beyond a simple story about sisters to take a progressive look at how relationships get redefined.

— Kim Yutani

Screening Details

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