Ursula Meier knew she had found her muse in Kacey Mottet Klein when she discovered him in 2008, casting him in her film HOME. When I spoke to her on October 29, 2012, we talked about his evolution as an actor, and how she managed to keep that unselfconscious quality that he had shown in that previous film, which was his first acting experience. Her praise for him was effusive, and details such as her using his pajamas from the last film to make a point about his character’s neglect in this one, and Klein’s being a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio were delightful surprises. Meier, an animated talker, was a delight to talk with in a conversation that included the power of thinking and effectively avoiding cliches.
SISTER is a story about family commitments, moral relativity, and the class system at its ugliest, and its protagonist is Simon is a resourceful 12-year-old who lives with his older and irresponsible sister, Louise, and assumes the role of adult and breadwinner in the relationship. Breadwinner by stealing from the wealthy at the nearby ski resort, and selling the ill-gotten gains. Things run smoothly until a seasonal worker at the resort catches Simon, but doesn’t turn him in,and Louise’s latest boyfriend spurs a confession. The film stars Mottet Klein, Lea Seydoux, Martin Compston, and Gillian Anderson. It was Switzerland’s entry for the 85th Academy Awards, it won the Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival, and its leading lady, Lea Seydoux, won the Golden Swann as the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival