Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

Sundance sensation Cyrus to open in July

I promised my friend E. some time ago to post in IoL some entries about the best films out of Sundance 2010, so here goes the first instalment with Cyrus, one of the year’s most promising comedies.

Writer-directors Duplass Brothers move away from previous ultra-low budget efforts like The Puffy Chair and Baghead and from the mumblecore indie film movement they contributed to create and give a shot to a first foray into more mainstream territory with a studio film. I didn’t catch any screening in Sundance, so I cannot judge its virtues, but I am very curious to see if Cyrus actually rises to the buzz it generated in Park City or if it was due to the typical festival overreaction.

The film features some of my favourite Hollywood actors, including John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener and especially the marvellous Marisa Tomei, who has proved over the years that, the unfortunate Jack Palance episode notwithstanding, her Oscar for My Cousin Vinny was no fluke and that she is one of the best actresses of her generation.

After watching the trailer, I cannot wait to see this tale of Oedipal love and mid-life infatuation. The film opens on July 9, 2010 in the US, so it’ll probably be an autumn release over here. Have a look.

A.

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