The Sister Review

movies, Stewart Pink, TV

Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia


Directed by : Niall MacCormick

Almost a decade into his new devoted married life Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions.

As the title of the series suggests, and without any spoilers, the main plot centres around something that happened involving the sister of Holly. We join the story some years later and the crux of the plot centres around her now husband Nathan, and Bob an old friend of Nathan’s who turns up out of the blue. 

Again, without giving too much away, this is intended to be a ghostly story that leans towards the supernatural, a question of redemption over guilt – can the past catch up with the present? In short, none of it really caught up with the build up and the only thing that haunted me was why so much red wine went to waste in so many scenes. Seriously, why so many glasses and so little drinking? 

From the beginning we’re meant to feel that the shadow of Holly’s sister is with her throughout and although the majority of the budget seems to have been spent on a million photographs of her, I never felt particularly moved by their alleged sisterly bond. We’re also supposed to feel a heartbreaking and rising tension between Holly and her husband, Nathan but if anything, we rarely see many signs of a genuinely intimate relationship and if I was a marriage councillor, even in their honeymoon period, I’d have hedged my bets that it wasn’t working out. 

There are a few nicely shot and well performed moments where Russel Tovey’s Nathan lets frustrations get the better of him and we see the potential of his character come through. Often in these scenes, Bertie Carvel supports well as the incredibly and increasingly creepy Bob. 

Ultimately though, you’ll need to excuse the fact that the main event the plot centres around is the consequence of a quite irrational reaction and suspend your common sense when it tells you “he wouldn’t do that” before, with a glass of red wine (if there’s any left) and a few hours to waste you might, possibly, enjoy speculating over how you would’ve written and ended this short series better.

There are some moments of tension, a few slightly creepy scenes and if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require too much concentration this Halloween with a nod to the supernatural that certainly won’t keep you up at night, this might do the trick… though it’s not much of a treat.


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