The Bottom Line Should you see it? Yes. Why? A great script, Emily Blunt, and the weird likability of Mark Duplass make Your Sister's Sister the kind of indie rom-com lots of directors wish they had made. The hero of co-writer/director Lynn Shelton's new romantic comedy isn't its seemingly tired plotline, which has been done before. The hero is her authentically nuanced writing, which her three co-stars marvelously employ to tell a satisfying and sometimes very funny story. Your Sister's...Read Full Story
Lynn Shelton always knew she wanted to be an artist. And yet it took her until the age of 40 to direct her first feature. That was in 2006. Three years later she released Humpday, which took home a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the hearts of indie film fans around the nation. Today, the Seattle-based director is recognized as one of America's next great directors, and admired for her ability to create engaging, emotional stories on shoestring budgets. Her latest...Read Full Story
Touchy Feely is the third feature by Lynn Shelton, and stars Ellen Page, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Josh Pais. Pais plays Paul, a dentist running a dying practice. His sister, Abby (DeWitt) is a free-spirited massage therapist. Paul hopes his daughter, Jenny (Page), will take over the practice one day, oblivious of alternative paths she may want to explore. Unexplained events occur threatening to unravel their lives. It would have been nice if the plot thickened from there, but whatever force...Read Full Story
Like its own, slightly less sinister version of The Cabin in the Woods, Your Sister’s Sister is a film that emphasizes the realizations and revelations that are bound to occur in an isolated setting. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton (whose other notable work was 2009′s Humpday, also starring Mark Duplass), the minimalism of the movie’s production barely crosses one’s mind because of how engaging, yet uncannily natural the dialogue is.
A stylized rendering of the three main characters...Read Full Story
Director Lynn Shelton hasn’t done anything too interesting since Humpday (Shelton, 2009), in which two straight male friends, decide to make a gay porno together – for a bet.
She’s directed an episode of Mad Men, which isn’t to be frowned upon, as it’s very good TV but that’s about it. Anyway, her return to cinema reunites her with that film’s “star”, Mark Duplass, in her new romantic/drama/awkward comedy, Your Sister’s Sister (Shelton, 2011). And I moseyed on over to Dartington’s Barn Cinema...Read Full Story
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