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Director and co-writer Ursula Meier’s Sister is deceptively simple. At its surface, it’s about a 12-year-old boy named Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) who lives with his older sister, Louise (Lea Seydoux), in a cramped apartment near a Swiss ski resort. Their parents were killed in a car accident -- or so Simon’s story goes --and though Louise works the odd job, it’s Simon who’s really the breadwinner. Every year, he buys a season pass to the resort. And every year, he steals the best ski equipment from the wealthy patrons, lining his pockets with cash by selling the stuff second-hand. Simon tosses cash Louise’s way whenever he, for example, is lonely and trying to persuade her to let him sleep in her bed or just wants her to get something for herself. The relationship at times seems nearly incestuous, and there is more to the story that Meier unveils out of

nowhere, giving the sleepy film a nice shot in the arm just when you’re wondering if that’s all there is. (TO)