L'enfant d'en haut

L'enfant d'en haut


DVD - 2013 | French
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A young boy from the Swiss Alps resorts to stealing in order to survive, and finds his relationship with his erratic older sister growing increasingly strained in this desolate yet picturesque character study from director Ursula Meier. Simon and his sister live in a small apartment beneath a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Their parents nowhere to be found, Simon resorts to stealing expensive ski equipment from wealthy vacationers, and turning it around at a tidy profit. But lately Simon has been growing increasingly attached to the staff and the guests at the resort, a development that begins to place a heavy burden on his relationship with his irresponsible older sister and guardian.
Publisher: Montreal : Distributed by TVA Films, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD FRE FIC ENF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Sister


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Oct 18, 2015

Director Ursula Meier refuses to pass judgement in this unsettling tale of one little boy's overwhelming need to be loved by the one person least able to provide it. Unsympathetic yet not without compassion, she observes the shaky, often unhealthy, equilibrium that exists between her two bruised protagonists and then proceeds to tip the scales through a series of crises and confessions to reveal a few sad truths. Heartbreaking and emotionally brutal, the film's brief yet haunting final images lend a sad irony to the film's original French title which translates as "The Child from Above".

Jul 18, 2014

Bleak and dark, but watchable. 3 stars.

May 04, 2014

not whai I expected. rather bleak.

Apr 24, 2014

Missed this one at the theater and while I waited for it to release to DVD, my expectations heightened. It's bleak. The brother-sister duo has a messy unstable life guided by the constant need to make money. Simon makes the daily trek to the ski area to steal backpacks, equipment and even food people have packed to ensure they can get by. His sister despite being older relies on Simon to bring home the dough and isn't above asking him for money when she wants to go out with whichever boyfriend she is seeing. It's a heartbreaking movie with little hope. I gravitate toward dark movies but this one left me with a punch in the gut.

Apr 23, 2014

My mind keeps going back to this intriguing crime film that features an incredible performance from it's sure-footed young actor and a sure sign that France has not lost it's claim on world-class edgy-cool neo-realist hyphen-generators. Lea Seydoux of''Blue Is The Warmest Colour'' is classic as the world-weary young ''sister'' of the title. I will definitely be watching this one again. Perhaps a sign of the times? Agnes Godard contributed la ''Image'' in this beautiful collaboration with director Ursula Meier. X-Files queen/prisoner Gillian Anderson's appearance makes for a pleasant surprise within another. Truly a cut above this genres best.

Jan 13, 2014

Could be a film for Whistler seasonal workers. I grew up skiing there, but I'm tired of having my credit card stolen every time I visit these days.

Jan 12, 2014

Powerful movie, one of the blurbs uses the adjective devastating, and it's accurate. Totally unsentimental, how the people who live in the town below the international skiing crowd live. There is a major surprise. The music is perfect and doesn't bombard the viewer with hints of how one should feel. This boy Kacey Klein is amazing; his face holds every scene. Lea Seydoux and other actors Martin Compston and Gillian Anderson are wonderful. Knew nothing about it except a good review in the NYT some months ago. Reminds me of Dardenne Brothers kind of movie including an understated unresolved abrupt ending.

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