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My Sisters Meine Schwestern

Three Teuton siblings go on a physical trip as well as a jaunt down memory lane in "My Sisters," helmer Lars Kraume's thankfully uncloying but still somewhat predictable meller.

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With: Joerdis Triebel, Nina Kunzendorf, Lisa Hagmeister, Stephan Grossmann, Jaecki Schwarz, Monika Hansen, Marc Hosemann, Maike Bollow, Angela Winkler, Ernst Stoetzner, Beatrice Dalle. (German, French dialogue)

Three Teuton siblings go on a physical trip as well as a jaunt down memory lane in “My Sisters,” helmer Lars Kraume’s thankfully uncloying but still somewhat predictable meller. Recounted in a v.o. from beyond the grave that’s more awkward framing device than “Sunset Blvd.” homage, the pic tells the story of a 30-year-old middle child with a heart defect; her tough-as-nails older sibling, who’s a busy mother; and their kid sister, who was always sheltered from harm but consequently felt left out. Beyond Germanophone markets, this well-acted, femme-focused film will be smallscreen fodder.

Right before a major operation, Linda (Joerdis Triebel, fittingly underplaying) decides to take big sis Katharina (Nina Kunzendorf) and younger sibling Clara (Lisa Hagmeister) to the coastal town where the elder two spent the holidays as little girls. Past shenanigans are remembered, revelations made and a spur-of-the-moment decision taken to go to Paris, where the adventures continue and Beatrice Dalle pops up as a busty dipsomaniac. Though the protags predictably grow closer, Kraume doesn’t feel the need to soften their deep-rooted character traits, such as Katharina’s control-freak nature. Score and look are generic.

My Sisters Meine Schwestern

Germany

Production: A Badlands Film Prod. production, in association with NDR, Arte. Produced by Frank Doehmann. Directed, written by Lars Kraume.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Jens Harant; editor, Barbara Gies; music, Julian Maas, Christoph Kaiser; production designer, Olaf Schiefner; costume designer, Carmen Stahlhoven; sound, Patrick Veigel; assistant director, Rick Ostermann. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 10, 2013. Running time: 89 MIN.

Cast: With: Joerdis Triebel, Nina Kunzendorf, Lisa Hagmeister, Stephan Grossmann, Jaecki Schwarz, Monika Hansen, Marc Hosemann, Maike Bollow, Angela Winkler, Ernst Stoetzner, Beatrice Dalle. (German, French dialogue)

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