Film Series: SISTER


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

SISTER directed by Ursula Meier
Not Rated 97 minutes

Part of the Nanovic Institute Film Series: Young and Broke in Europe

Directed by Ursula Meier
Official film site
Introduced by Olivier Morel, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures and Associate Director of Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Notre Dame.

A luxury ski resort in Switzerland. 12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister. Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down. As he partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, Simon loses his boundaries, which affects the relationship with his sister. Confronted with a truth they had both been escaping, Simon seeks refuge up above.

Ursula Meier sets her second feature-length drama against the backdrop of a popular tourist destination in the Alps. From the broad, anonymous mass of people, she has distilled the story of one child who believes he has found a way to offset his breadline existence. This portrait of a boy on the brink of puberty, poised between deceit and an unquenchable need for love and tenderness, is at the same time an exploration of the contradictions and hidden depths of an ostensibly prosperous world.

Tickets for all films are $7 general admission, $6 faculty/staff, $5 senior citizens, and $4 all students. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 574-631-2800 or visit A limited number of FREE tickets are available at the Nanovic Institute for Nanovic fellows and minors in the European studies program. Occasionally we have a few extra tickets to spare, so stop by and ask!

“Sister” Official US Trailer, directed by Ursula Meier from Adopt Films on Vimeo.