This year's 2012 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear competition includes Sister starring Lea Seydoux and Gillian Anderson, which is the second feature by Ursula Meier, one of the most exciting women directors working today. This video essay focuses on her first feature, Home, and is based on an insightful review written by Fernando F. Croce for Slant Magazine. Watching this video of Home and reading the Berlinale program description of Sister, several similarities emerge: Both are set in remote but idyllic locations and feature strong female leads contending with strange family dynamics. It seems that with only two features, Meier has established a distinctive voice.
Originally published at Fandor.
Fernando F. Croce is a film critic who writes for Slant, MUBI, Reverse Shot and other sites. His own website is Cinepassion.
Kevin B. Lee is Editor in Chief of Press Play, and contributor to RogerEbert.com and Fandor. Follow him on Twitter.