MIFF 2012 Part One: Your Sister’s Sister & Safety Not Guaranteed

MIFF 2012 Part One: Your Sister’s Sister & Safety Not Guaranteed

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I had my first MIFF experience last year, when Rachana invited me along to see Submarine.  It was a great film, and an excellent introduction to the festival.  This year, however, what with my need to maintain some credibility amongst my screenwriting classmates [as well as Glenn’s influence], I’m doing things properly.  After combing through the Program, I forked out for an eMini Pass – allowing me to see thirteen films throughout the festival.  MIFF season officially began last week, and I decided to celebrate opening night with a Mark Duplass double-shot.

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Your Sister’s Sister
Friday 3rd August, 6:30pm

When I chose this film, all I really knew about it was that it starred Emily Blunt [and I’ve pretty much enjoyed everything she’s ever done].  An offbeat romantic comedy, Your Sister’s Sister is predominantly set in an isolated holiday house.  The film explores the relationships between Jack [Mark Duplass], his best friend Iris [Emily Blunt], and her older sister Hannah [Rosemarie DeWitt].  With a small central cast, the film takes place over only a few days.  It feels simple, but this works in its favour.  I found Your Sister’s Sister to be a thoroughly enjoyable film, with really strong performances all round.  Highly recommended!

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Safety Not Guaranteed
Friday 3rd August, 9pm

Another film that I thoroughly recommend [I’ve really started off this festival on a high note], Safety Not Guaranteed is another offbeat romantic comedy – but this one has government agents and time travel.  Aubrey Plaza is excellent as Darius – she does sarcasm so very well – and the chemistry between her character and Mark Duplass’ Kenneth works brilliantly.  The film is funny and endearing, and I really hope that it’ll get a general release later in the year [or at least come back for a couple of weeks at Cinema Nova].

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