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OTHER SISTER, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Elizabeth (Diane Keaton) and Radley (Tom Skerritt) Tate's lives are sailing along until their beautiful 21 year old mentally challenged daughter Carla (Juliette Lewis) moves back home from the institution and capsizes their tranquility. Elizabeth wants to manage Carla's life: Carla wants to explore her own, eventually getting a better education, her own apartment and a boyfriend (Giovanni Ribisi). Carla shows her parents how to come to terms with their family, just as she is defining the terms of her own life.

"Heartwarming in its candour, heartbreaking in its honesty and heartening with its poignancy, The Other Sister is a very special film indeed. The script is beautifully constructed; the characters ring true and we identify with their responses. A feel-good movie with a bundle of heart and soul, the development of the two kindred spirits captures a compelling innocence. The two leads are magnetic, bringing to the screen one of the most moving and inspiring love stories of recent times. Juliette Lewis is magnificent as Carla. Her face betraying every tiny emotion, Lewis gives the performance of her life, ably matched by Giovanni Ribisi; the two of them together are bewitching. Dianne Keaton delivers an extraordinarily complex and detailed performance as the loving mother who bears the biggest burden of all. Any parent who has traipsed through streets and suburbs looking for accommodation for a child leaving home, will be impressed by the real-estate search short-cut. But all the cast are excellent – Tom Skerritt is a solid anchor, while Hector Elizondo delights in a small but important role. It may be Hollywood, but The Other Sister dazzles not by its big budget and splendid score, production values and sensitive direction, but by its uncluttered simplicity and poignant truth. Here is a film that explores parental pain, the struggle for independence and dignity, and questioning social graces and appearances with down to earth honesty and following the heart. Rich in textures and colours, The Other Sister is a sheer delight that will make you laugh, cry and feel fantastic."
Louise Keller

"It is a sign perhaps of having watched too many manipulative movies from Hollywood if we find ourselves at first reluctant to embrace the emotional content of this film. But despite that reservation, we find ourselves making snappy judgements of the characters, constantly evaluating the honesty of the performances and the script. The force of Juliette Lewis’ acting and the strength of her character combine to create a memorable and fascinating, three-dimensional person. Her mental disability is treated with brutal honesty, which, ironically enough, makes it unsentimental yet touching and full of insight. The nature of the story is such that emotional buttons are being pushed almost incessantly, which some people will mistake for sentimentality or manipulation. But what it is really, is a close up of a family whose lives are indeed emotionally turbulent – for a very good reason; Carla’s illness. Ribisi is also superb as the shy and confused boyfriend. But there is a weakness in the script which is a bit irritating: Carla’s homecoming hides or overlooks the immediate past as to her institutionalisation, and her family’s relationship with her in that time."
Andrew L. Urban

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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TRAILER

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Carla is funny, moving, brave … she is inspirational, says
JULIETTE LEWIS,
the actress who plays Carla.

Music from the Motion Picture
THE OTHER SISTER
The CD Soundtrack contains the smash hit single, The Animal Song by Savage Garden.

Other tracks by The Pretenders, Alison Krauss, Lemonheads, Fastball, Paula Cole, The Soup Dragons, Idina Menzel, Joan Osborne, Juliette Lewis, Rachel Portman.

RRP: $29.95-all music outlets

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SOFCOM MOVIE TIMES

OTHER SISTER, THE (M)
(US)

CAST: Diane Keaton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Skerritt

DIRECTOR: Gary Marshall

PRODUCER: Alexandra Rose

SCRIPT: Alexandra Rose, Blair Richwood

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dante Spinotti ASC

EDITOR: Bruce Green

MUSIC: Rachel Portman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stephen J. Lineweaver

RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: April 22, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: November 4, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista







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