Kino Lorber has released the 2016 film Little Sister on both Blu-ray and DVD for your home viewing pleasure. Is it a film that deserves a spot in your collection? Read on to find out!
Little Sister is a film featuring actress Addison Timlin. She plays the character Colleen Lunsford, a girl who has left home and is inspiring to be a nun. Colleen has cut off all contact with her family back in North Carolina until one day it seems that she cannot ignore them any more. She goes to the library and checks an old e-mail account to find messages from her mother announcing that her brother is finally home. Colleen asks her superior to borrow a car to go back home for a few days, and these days are the major plot of the movie.
The film also stars Ally Sheedy (Short Circuit, The Breakfast Club), Peter Hedges (writer of Dan in Real Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). I think the film was cast very well. The story has a lot of heart while not being too sappy. It also had sad elements while not coming across as nihilistic. The movie has the feel of an indie movie (some might even categorize it as “mumblecore”) but I found it quite engaging. It had an honesty to it, and felt genuine in it’s portrayal of emotions.
Little Sister is filmed in a series of vignettes that take place over the multiple days that Colleen is home. It’s a very understated film. A lot of body language is used in scenes more so that just listening to expository dialogue. I also didn’t feel like the movie was trying to bash me over the head with some message it was trying to preach to me. This is often times present in movies where a major character is religious, so that was a breath of fresh air.
The cast pulled off being familiar but uneasy very well. There are many reintroductions of characters that take place and it all comes off very naturally. The characters are distinct and individual enough so that even if you don’t catch their names you are able to keep them straight in your head. That is a credit to the director (Zach Clark) also being the writer and editor. It is clearly his vision of the story that he wants to tell.
There are so many low budget independent films out there today that it would be easy to overlook them and think that they are all the same. There was something about this one that really caught my imagination and I got really involved in the story. It is both humorous and introspective. It pulls off quite a lot in it’s presentation and I was impressed by it. I think Little Sister has become one of my favorite films of 2016.
The audio and visuals for the film are superbly done by Kino Lorber on this release. The film has a very warm, natural look to it, at times journeying into yellows that gives it such a nice fall atmosphere. The lighting is very well done. The audio is 5.1 surround but is mostly dialogue centered. The audio came through crisp and clean. I really enjoyed the soundtrack on this film. English subtitles are included.
Deleted and extended scenes – a little under 5 minutes.
Home Videos – 3 minutes of the VHS clips from the film edited together
Pro-Star Entertainment Commercial – the 30 second ad that plays in the film
Excerpts from Rock & Roll Eulogy (2004) – Excerpts of Zach Clark’s first movie which premiered at film festivals.
Q&A with Ally Sheedy and Zach Clark, hosted by Peter Travers – a 30 minute interview about the production of the film.
Little Sister Final Thoughts:
Not everyone will find Little Sister’s depth interesting. That really is a shame because there is so much to like in this film. I really enjoyed my experience watching it and reflecting on the characters. Zach Clark also doesn’t wrap up the ending in a neat little bow and that may not sit well with some viewers. I happen to think that’s just how life is and I like the honesty of the film.
I encourage lovers of cinema to check this one out if they have even the faintest suspicion that they would be interested in it. I’ll certainly be on the lookout for any future Zach Clark productions. Kino Lorber did a great job bringing this film to Blu-ray so that it can be enjoyed by those of us who missed it theatrically. I recommend a purchase from Amazon.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.