Sister My Sister


1h 29m 1994

Brief Synopsis

Christine and Lea are exemplary maidservants whose fastidious appearance and attention to duty are the delight of their tyrannical new mistress, Madame Danzard. Madame Danzard and her daughter command an immaculate townhouse and lead lives of perfect bourgeois respectability. The reward for the sist

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
British Screen Finance; Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Filmfour International
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/SEVENTH ART RELEASING; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Blanco & Travieso; Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Cinemien; Film4 Productions
Location
Amiens, France; Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Synopsis

Christine and Lea are exemplary maidservants whose fastidious appearance and attention to duty are the delight of their tyrannical new mistress, Madame Danzard. Madame Danzard and her daughter command an immaculate townhouse and lead lives of perfect bourgeois respectability. The reward for the sisters' hard labor is the few free hours they spend with each other. Literally trapped in the house and on edge from Madame Danzard's overbearing treatment, Christine and Lea attempt to find refuge in each other, but their obsessive emotional ties reach a sexual pitch, which overrides their sense of duty. Uncomprehending of the sexual fever that is growing betweem the two girls, but aware that her authority is slipping away, Madame Danzard resorts to greater cruelties against them until the pressure finally reaches a breaking point.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
British Screen Finance; Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Filmfour International
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/SEVENTH ART RELEASING; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Blanco & Travieso; Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Cinemien; Film4 Productions
Location
Amiens, France; Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 1995 Seattle International Film Festival.

Co-winner, along with Boaz Yakin's "Fresh" (USA/1994), of the best new director award at the 1994 Valladolid International Film Festival. In addition, Joely Richardson and Jodhi May shared Best Actress honors. Also won the local audience and youth awards.

Released in United States Summer June 23, 1995

Released in United States July 14, 1995

Released in United States on Video September 19, 1995

Released in United States on Video October 24, 1995

Released in United States October 1994

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States March 1995

Released in United States June 1995

Released in United States July 1995

Released in United States September 1995

Released in United States October 1995

Released in United States November 1995

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 19-23, 1994.

Shown at Valladolid International Film Festival (in competition) October 21-29, 1994.

Shown at International Gay & Lesbian Pride Film Festival in Tampa, FL September 29 - October 8, 1995.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 25 - February 5, 1995.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 18 - June 11, 1995.

Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 18-31, 1995.

Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 1-11, 1995.

Shown at San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 9-18, 1995.

Shown at OUTFEST '95: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival July 6-16, 1995.

Shown at Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival July 6-16, 1995.

Shown at Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival September 1-14, 1995.

Shown at I Mostra internacional de cinema gai i lesbic in Barcelona, Spain October 23-29, 1995.

Shown at IMAGE & NATION gaie et lesbienne: festival international de cinema et de video de Montreal November 2-12, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for American-born British stage director Nancy Meckler.

Began shooting October 18, 1993.

Released in United States Summer June 23, 1995

Released in United States July 14, 1995 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video September 19, 1995

Released in United States on Video October 24, 1995

Released in United States October 1994 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 19-23, 1994.)

Released in United States October 1994 (Shown at Valladolid International Film Festival (in competition) October 21-29, 1994.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at International Gay & Lesbian Pride Film Festival in Tampa, FL September 29 - October 8, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 25 - February 5, 1995.)

Released in United States June 1995 (Shown at San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 9-18, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 18 - June 11, 1995.)

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival September 1-14, 1995.)

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 18-31, 1995.)

"My Sister in the House" was first performed in 1981 at Louisville, Kentucky. Subsequent stagings included a production at the Hampstead Theatre in 1987, directed by Nancy Meckler. The play itself is an adaptation of Jean Genet's "The Maids."

Released in United States October 1995 (Shown at I Mostra internacional de cinema gai i lesbic in Barcelona, Spain October 23-29, 1995.)

Completed shooting November 26, 1993.

Released in United States June 1995 (Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 1-11, 1995.)

Released in United States July 1995 (Shown at OUTFEST '95: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival July 6-16, 1995.)

Released in United States July 1995 (Shown at Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival July 6-16, 1995.)

Released in United States November 1995 (Shown at IMAGE & NATION gaie et lesbienne: festival international de cinema et de video de Montreal November 2-12, 1995.)