Louise (Catherine Frot) is a small town beautician who comes to Paris to stay with her older sister Martine (Isabelle Huppert) for three days. Louise is excited about her visit, and can't believe she will actually be meeting the publishers who have agreed to publish her first novel, which is based on her life. Martine is annoyed that her gauche, unsophisticated sister is intruding into her routine at her smart, tidy apartment. But while Louise exudes vitality and zest for life, Martine has lost the ability to have fun, and lives a sterile life of routine with her husband Pierre (Francois Berléand). She can't wait for Louise to leave: she finds her eternal optimism and natural zest for life irksome and embarrassing. But Louise finds her feet very quickly, and as jealousy rears its ugly head, it's Martine who feels like the outsider. 

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A deadly accurate glimpse into sibling rivalry and midlife crisis.

The original title of Me And My Sister is Les Soeurs Fachees, meaning The Angry Sisters, which really nails what this film is about. The most overtly aggressive sibling is Martine, I Heart Huckabees' Isabelle Huppert, an uptight bourgeois woman, aggravating a loveless marriage and rotting in an unfulfilled life. The Dinner Game's Catherine Frot plays Louise, the less sophisticated, passive-aggressive sister who drives Martine to distraction with her happy outlook. When she comes to stay a time bomb starts ticking. The showdown is a doozy.

The beginning of Me And My Sister is deceptive. It appeared to be going nowhere fast, a kind of faux glimpse at Paris society that pulled its punches. Then the penny dropped. It gets funnier and funnier, and also progressively more moving – a deadly accurate glimpse into sibling rivalry and midlife crisis. The performances by the two leads are generous beyond belief, but I am getting worried for Isabelle Huppert – if she lands more of these tense, angry roles her health might suffer!

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