by Jim Ridley
In all the excitement over Moonrise Kingdom — we hear last night's midnight show was even more enthusiastic than the giggly screening of Magic Mike we were watching across town — keep an eye out for the movie opening in The Belcourt's other auditorium, Your Sister's Sister. Over at our sister publication The Pitch in Kansas City, Dan Lybarger has an interview with director Lynn Shelton that's got us psyched:
Lynn Shelton doesn't expect you to like her characters right away. In her fourth feature, Your Sister's Sister, the Seattle writer-director introduces her protagonist, Jack (played by Mark Duplass, star of her 2009 movie, Humpday), by giving him an angry diatribe to deliver — one that sours a party held in honor of his late brother.
"In general, I like to show these characters warts and all, and I sort of like the idea of warts first," she tells The Pitch by phone from Portland, Oregon. "You see him make this entire party really uncomfortable, and you're probably feeling pretty uncomfortable yourself, as an audience member, about what he's doing. I'm hoping that even by the end of that scene, you realize he's in an incredible amount of pain and that he really did love his brother, so it came out in this really twisted, black way."
Shelton's intimate comedy-drama follows Jack as he tries to get away from his grief by vacationing at his pal Iris' family cabin, outside Seattle. Instead of being alone, he discovers Iris' lesbian half-sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt, The United States of Tara), staying there. He winds up going to bed with her — even though he's nursing a crippling attraction to Iris herself (Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen).