This article is from 2007.
(Ed Herzog, Germany, 2006) 94min
Anna (Heike Makatsch) is an apparently successful thirty-something in the music industry, but when she takes a holiday in Spain with her timid younger sister, Marie (Anna Maria Mühe) she turns into a nightmare.
Anna makes every event into a monumental crisis and lays on guilt trips to avoid having to deal with her own emotional baggage. We know we’re in for a long-suffering ride: she might, for example, have just slept with another guy, but that doesn’t mean her boyfriend isn’t going to get a harangue over the phone for his perceived infidelities. Along the way Anna’s semi-redeemed by moments of realisation, but the character’s self-consciousness is then hardly matched by the director’s – the film is full of clichés.
Nabokov once said of an eavesdropping scene that ‘if not brought in as parody it is almost philistine.’ It’s harsh judgement from the pedant, but Twisted Sister has several such moments, and even that hoary variation: Anna reading from Marie’s diary as she gets another dollop of, albeit very temporary, self-awareness. A few great shots of eerie, skyscraper dotted coastlines can’t redeem things, and the film makes you aware just how astute and fresh Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar was in its Spanish holiday scenes.
Cineworld, 623 8030, 16 Aug, 10pm, £7.95 (£5.50).