First Look: Duplass Brothers' Newest Sundance Film 'Cyrus'
by Alex Billington
December 12, 2009
When it was first announced that this film would be premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, it was called the Untitled Duplass Brothers Project. Now it has an official title, Cyrus, and we have the first official photo from it. Cyrus stars Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly, and Catherine Keener. It's about a recently divorced guy (Reilly) who meets the woman of his dreams (Tomei). Then he meets her son (Hill) who is well… interesting. It's another mumblecore comedy from the Duplass Brothers but apparently a little more mainstream than we've seen them before, especially because it was developed by Fox Searchlight.
Here's a little blurb from Sundance about the film: "Cyrus becomes a dark, poignant, sometimes hilarious war dance as Molly, Cyrus, and John walk the line between creepy and sympathetic. Each member of this awkward triangle teeters somewhere between bare honesty and furtive manipulation as he or she lets loose all manner of dysfunctionality. The excruciating, delightful fun is seeing where the boundaries ultimately land." It's already near the top of my list of films to see at Sundance just because I love the Duplass Brothers and I have a feeling they're on the verge of breaking out big. We'll definitely have a review of this in January.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
That sounds pretty good, Hill and Reilly squaring off sounds like comedic gold.
Xerxex on Dec 12, 2009
How come Katherine Keener's name isn't in bold??
d1rEct on Dec 12, 2009
I have the same feeling. Marisa, Hill and Reilly together looks like a strong team of players. And the film's description is very interisting, make me curious...
Annerose on Dec 13, 2009
go duplass brothers, you go!
Orangutang on Dec 13, 2009
whats mumblecore? can you not understand what the actors are saying or something?
shredder on Dec 13, 2009
@5 Shredder Mumblecore is primarily the use ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focusing on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors. But Tomei and Reilly aren't non-professional actors, the Duplass Bros. are pioneers in this field. and before anybody gets all pissy, I took it from wiki.
Xerxex on Dec 13, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumblecore I wonder why other mumblecore people haven't taken off as much. It's cool to see Duplass in The League.
corndog on Dec 14, 2009
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