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Sister

Sestra

A teenage girl’s habitual fantasies have unforeseen consequences in Svetla Tsotsorkova’s sensitive take on the apparently mundane lives of a mother and her two daughters.

Dir Svetla Tsotsorkova
Prod Svetoslav Ovcharov
Scr Svetoslav Ovcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova
With Monika Naydenova, Svetlana Yancheva, Elena Zamyarkova
Bulgaria-Qatar
2019
97min
Sales Film Republic
With English subtitles

Like her award-winning debut Thirst (LFF 2015), Tsotsorkova’s latest drama is centred on a professional occupation – the making and selling of ceramic figures at a wayside shop. Rayna is a defiant teenager who says what she thinks and makes up stories to impress potential customers, but her fantasy world uncovers a hidden reality when she becomes involved with her sister’s boyfriend. Focusing on the world of a single mother and her two daughters, Sister is, according to Tsotsorkova, ‘a confession of love to those who live a seemingly unnoticeable life’. Strikingly composed and featuring superb performances by its leads, Tsotsorkova’s drama has its fair share of twists and more than a few unexpected encounters as the three protagonists engage with the world around them.

Peter Hames

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