Review: Little Sister

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Title: Little Sister
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Director: Zach Clark
Starring: Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Keith Poulson
Runtime: 1 hr 31 mins

What It Is: When a young nun in training and reformed metal kid Colleen (Timlin) returns home following news her brother Jacob (Poulson) done the same. As she does she uncovers the reason he returns. You see he’s been injured, badly. Her mother (Sheedy) continues to struggle with what we can only assume is bipolar disorder, and her room is exactly as she left it. A shrine to black metal and atheism, much the way she left it prior to leaving.

What We Think: This film does some things that from a narrative standpoint don’t make some sense. This, however, fits perfectly with the randomness of the whole thing. It is spontaneous yet focused, sad yet joyous. A mixture of the two simultaneously at the same time. Timlin’s performance is unique and quirky. Played straight but to the point. Ally Sheedy walks a razor line the whole time but never feels like she’s a bad mother just one that had/has difficulty fighting herself all at the same time. All the while we get an insight on Jacob and his wife’s struggle to deal with his disfigurement.

Our Grade: B,  A solid independent film can change everything. It can make you think about some things you never considered. It can touch the soul. That’s not what we’re really talking but it’s something that needs mentioning. There’s a quirkiness here that permeates and leaves its mark. The sense of family is refreshing but also clever. In the end, the film goes in a way you don’t expect. Little Sister is currently playing on Netflix as of the publishing of this film. I’ll recommend you check it out since it’s so easy to now!

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