Review: ‘Sister Blue’

A sister-from-hell psychodrama that's holed by poor dialogue and unconvincing psychology, "Sister Blue" shows buds of talent by Canuck writer-director Doug Greenall that could blossom in subsequent features. Despite effective playing by Madchen Amick lookalike Stacy Fair, this sister looks headed faster to vidbins than silver screens.

A sister-from-hell psychodrama that’s holed by poor dialogue and unconvincing psychology, “Sister Blue” shows buds of talent by Canuck writer-director (and former actor) Doug Greenall that could blossom in subsequent features. Despite effective playing by Madchen Amick lookalike Stacy Fair, this sister looks headed faster to vidbins than silver screens.

Blue (Fair) arrives by boat in Vancouver with her Yank b.f., Kurt (Bruce Dawson), intent on wreaking revenge on her sister, Lanalee (Clare Lapinskie), for some as-yet unspecified hurt. Lanalee, who still suffers from a childhood stalker trauma, has just got engaged to her live-in b.f., breezy trial lawyer Buddy (Matthew Harrison), who, in pic’s biggest jump of logic, is surprisingly sympathetic when the clearly wacko Blue asks to stay the summer with them. Lapinskie is weak in the thinly written role of the febrile sister, and some scenes, such as Blue freaking out in a restaurant, just don’t come off. Tech credits are just OK, though the blowup from 16mm is soft and colors are rather cold.

Sister Blue

Canada

Production

A Cinemavault Releasing, Greenhill Films presentation. (International sales: Cinemavault, Toronto.) Produced by Doug Greenall, Matthew Robert Kelly. Executive producer, Peter F. Hill. Directed, written by Doug Greenall.

Crew

Camera (Technicolor), Pieter Stathis; editor, Joe Fitzpatrick; music, Daniel Ross; production designer/costumes, Susi Hill. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Panorama Canada), Aug. 29, 2003. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Stacy Fair, Clare Lapinskie, Bruce Dawson, Matthew Harrison.
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