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  Rated PG · 126 minutes · 2016

Drama
There’s a lot of heartache and yearning under the surface—a strange thing to say about a movie so outwardly congenial and nearly conflict-free. But that's the pleasure (maybe) of this understated Japanese family drama from director Hirokazu Koreeda. Three sisters—responsible Sachi (Haruka Ayase), slightly wild Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa), and teenager Chika (Kaho)—learn upon the death of their estranged father that they have a half-sister, 14-year-old Suzu (Suzu Hirose), who comes to live with them in the house they’ve shared since their flighty mother abandoned them years ago. All four sisters get along swimmingly (the new one isn’t evil or anything) as they go to their jobs or school, find or lose boyfriends, and live their tranquil lives. Remarkably, without much overt drama, Koreeda and the actresses establish richly-drawn characters whose lives feel lived-in. We understand their individual struggles and insecurities without having them spelled out. Koreeda’s restrained style and gentle pace may try some viewers’ patience, but if you can roll with it, it’s a lovely, poignant slice of life.
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Official Site: sonyclassics.com/ourlittlesister
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Kirin Kiki, Shinobu Ohtake, Ryô Kase and Jun Fubuki

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Chicago Reader In Our Little Sister, three grown siblings reckon with their late father’s messy life Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son) directed this Japanese tale of a family trapped by melancholy. by Dmitry Samarov 07/14/2016

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