Friday, May 1, 2015

Sister (L'Enfant d'en haut)

Watched a movie called Sister, (L'Enfant d'en haut) (Switzerland, 2012). A 12-year-old boy lives in an apartment with his older sister. The boy supports them both by stealing from the wealthy tourists at a luxury ski resort. He refurbishes stolen skis and sells them. 

It was hard for me to watch. Two young people with a vaguely tragic past, a lousy present and no future, cut off from any support from family. It made me think of Midnight Cowboy, except Ratso Rizzo and Joe Buck were on the same page. In this movie, the sister seems ready to abandon the kid. The fact that he's bankrolling them may be the main thing stopping her. 

In one scene, the kid wants to sleep in bed with her. She lets him, but he has to pay her.

Never be mean to a child even if you catch him stealing your skis.

Available for instant viewing on Netflix.

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