Our Little Sister | Film | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper
This Japanese dramedy unfolds over several months in the lives of three twentysomething sisters who live together in the old family home. One is studious, and a nurse; another is flighty and boy-crazy; and the youngest is sweetly offbeat. While attending the funeral of an estranged relative, they discover they have a younger stepsister, 15-year-old Suzu. Impulsively, they invite her to come live with them, and so she does. Her presence proves to be the gentle catalyst toward the four sisters coming to various reckonings about themselves, their respective goals and their relationships with other family members. The film is lightly plotted, with scenes unfolding around trips to a local diner, walks in the park, and the preparation of food. Even for these modern women, certain rituals are adhered to: family funerals, celebrating the spring cherry blossoms, and making summer plum wine. Director Hirokazu Koreeda (Like Father, Like Son) is clearly influenced by classic Japanese domestic dramas, like those of Ozu, while still making this tale feel contemporary and unforced. A film that unfolds slowly, but a worthwhile saunter with an affirming payoff.

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