Director: Mattie Do | Laos/Estonia/France | 2016 | 101 mins
A young village girl travels to the Lao capital, Vientiane, to care for her rich cousin who has lost her sight. Upon arrival, she is treated with hostility by the house’s servants and is entranced by the material wealth that is all around her. Most disturbing of all, her cousin’s blindness has given her an ability to commune with the dead, resulting in a series of mysterious and terrifying encounters that also pose a moral conundrum for those involved.
Director Mattie Do is Laos’ only female filmmaker, and is also the country’s only horror filmmaker. Add to this that Dearest Sister is only the 13th film to have ever been made in Laos, where film production infrastructure is non-existent, and a unique picture begins to emerge. Such accolades are already noteworthy, but the fact that Mattie’s unique cinematic voice is evident in all aspects of this, her second feature, cements her status as a significant filmmaking talent to watch.
Screening with THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WITCHING HOUR