Dearest Sister

Director: Mattie Do
Cast: Amphaiphun Phommapunya, Vilouna Phetmany, Tambet Tuisk, Manivanh Boulom, Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy, Maluly Chanthalangsy, Brandon Hashimoto, Naliphone Siviengxay, Douangmany Soliphanh

101 Min. | OmeU


Everything is about money. Even the ghosts that Ana, who is slowly going blind, can see, whisper only numbers in her ear. Numbers that will be drawn in the Laotian lottery days later. But Ana immediately forgets them. This presents a unique chance for Nok, a distant cousin whom Ana‘s European husband Jakob has brought from the provinces to take care of her. A perfect deal. Noks family needs the money to survive and Ana, who is slowly losing her eyesight needs her help. But like all transactions is »Dearest Sister«, this has a flipside which has the power to destroy the fragile equilibrium in Anas household. In a way, Mattie Do was 2016 ahead of her time with her second film: three years later, Bong Joon Ho made »Parasite«, which seems like a variation of the Laotian filmmaker‘s themes and observations. But Do draws an even darker picture of the injuries and destructions that can result from class distinctions. Even the ghosts here seem much more threatening than in Do‘s other films.