Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: NR Length: 97 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 15+. If this were rated, it would probably be a PG-13, mainly because of the cursing and some heavy thematic issues, including a strained familial relationship, questions about a female character’s sexual behavior, smoking and implied drinking, and violence against children.
Swiss film ‘Sister’ is some heavy stuff, examining the hardships faced by a nearly homeless 12-year-old boy stealing to live at a posh skiing resort. In a week full of disappointing releases, ‘Sister’ isn’t a happy film to watch, but it’s an impactful one.
By Roxana Hadadi
Very rarely do we see American films about the obstacles homeless or poor children must face every day. Yes, there is the occasional Disney movie about struggling kids eventually getting everything they want, and “Winter’s Bone” with “The Hunger Games” and “House at the End of the Street” star Jennifer Lawrence documented what a teen girl will do to keep her family afloat. But otherwise, kids-as-breadwinners don’t come up much in U.S. cinema—and rarely in as impactful and affecting a way as the Swiss film “Sister.”