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Sister, My Sister
United Kingdom 1994
Directed by Nancy Meckler
Running time 89 minutes

4.5 stars


Marvellously-effective, albeit rather dourly gruesome, made-for-television drama based on real events. Meckler's version is based on a play by Wendy Kesselman and remains close to its theatrical origins at the same time as achieving a high level of cinema realism. The 4 principals are all excellent in their roles but Julie Walters stands out as the tyrannous, petty-minded mistress of the house. Genet's play, The Maids, was based on the same events and it was filmed under the same title in the 70s with Glenda Jackson and Sussanah York as the sisters, 'though I have not seen it. BH

 

 

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