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My Skinny Sister

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An intimate account of how one family member’s eating disorder can have a profound impact on everyone.

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Director Sanna Lenken
Producer Annika Rogell
Screenwriter Sanna Lenken
With Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont, Annika Hallin
Sweden-Germany 2015
95 mins
UK distributor Matchbox Films

Partly drawing on her own experiences, writer-director Sanna Lenken’s debut focuses on the impact of a young woman’s eating disorder on her family, as observed through the eyes of her younger sister. Sparky, precocious and on the cusp of adolescence, Stella is still ‘body unaware’, wonderfully oblivious to the soft edges of her physique. Her sister Katja is a highly motivated ice skater whose success is the focus of almost every family activity. When Stella’s attempts to emulate Katja unexpectedly unearth her older sister’s secret eating disorder, the bonds of their sibling loyalty and Stella’s own body image are put to the test. Lenken’s film won an audience award at Gothenburg Film Festival and a Crystal Bear at Berlinale. That both adults and young people find meaning in the work is testament to Lenken’s skill in capturing the authenticity of a fierce sororal bond and tapping into our collective nostalgia for childhood.

Jemma Desai

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