Jinx Sister (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Jinx Sister 2008

Directed by Athina Tsoulis

Estranged adult sisters are warily reunited in Athina Tsoulis' engagingly acted drama of family secrets and lies. With Sara Wiseman and Rachel Nash.

100 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Screenplay


Larry Justice


Rewa Harre


Julie Alp


Tom Merito


Michelle Mascoll
Chris Burt


Brigid Bisley
Aaron Unkovich


Sara Wiseman
Rachel Nash
Jarod Rawiri
William Wallace
Jenni Heka
Rawiri Paratene

World Premiere

Academy Cinema, 19 July 2008


Estranged adult sisters peel back the family secrets and lies in Athina Tsoulis' engaging domestic drama. Sara Wiseman is Laura, who arrives in New Zealand after ten years in LA. Sporting an American accent and dressed for Rodeo Drive, she cuts an incongruous figure in laid-back South Auckland. She warily approaches the house of her sister Maree (Rachel Nash), happily married, heavily pregnant mother of two. Laura's hostility and thinly concealed self-loathing are too much even for this most grounded of earth mothers. While the two spar and reopen old wounds, new events force them into recognising the deceptive nature of the family myths that have shaped their enmity. Warm breezes waft through this psychodrama: there's an appealing ebullience to its picture of bicultural suburbia (lyrically photographed by Rewa Harre). And the Kiwi blokes who stand by these women exude unforced sexiness: they're sensual, good-humoured and kind. — BG