The Other Sister
Director: Garry Marshall
Producer: Mario Iscovich, Alexandra Rose,
Screenwriter: Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Tom
Skerritt, Giovanni Ribisi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Year of Release: 1999
Released on Video: 09/07/99
Clara is a mentally retarded woman of considerable
spirit. Instead of succumbing to the well-meant, protective
urgings of family and friends, she shrugs off their limited
view of her potential and signs up for a vocational training
class where she meets and falls in love with a retarded man.
They want to live a normal life together as a couple, but
find that her family resists the idea, especially when it
comes to sex. But rather than give in to the pressure, they
hold fast to their dream. The film illustrates how tenacious
determination to fight off prejudice sometimes can win the
Notice how Carla accepts who she is and focuses
on creating the life she wants for herself instead of being
concerned about what other people think about her.
- Do you sometimes experience low self-esteem
because you feel different from people around you?
- Do you remember a – possibly exceptional - situation
in which you actually liked being different or received positive
feedback for it?
- Could you consider accepting yourself if even Clara in the
movie found self-acceptance?
- How would increased self-acceptance serve you?