Leah Greenblatt
March 22, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Her

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/20/13
performer
Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Olivia Wilde
director
Spike Jonze
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

When an identical twin dies, what happens to the one she leaves behind? In her raw, feverish, and often harshly beautiful memoir, Parravani traces the loss of her sister, Cara, who spiraled into drug addiction after a brutal rape and fatally overdosed at 28. Parravani has an M.F.A. in visual art, and she writes about the overwhelming intimacy of twindom in vivid, imagery-laden prose; at times, that intimacy feels less like love than toxic, mirrored narcissism, and the sisters’ shared penchant for melodrama and willful self-destruction grows exhausting. But in its own elliptical way, Her fulfills the author’s wish: ”If I couldn’t die with her, I could write my sister back to life.” B

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