Does anyone happen to have a SiriusXM membership? It looks like they talked about Where is Kyra? on the Andy Cohen show with Sandra Bernhard a couple days ago. I tried signing up for a free trial but it's not working and they don't post free audio of their full shows.
I had no idea one of my favorite veteran character actors, Sam Robards is in this film too! He wasn't even on the IMDB cast list before, at least I don't remember seeing his name there or in any reviews.
The french magazine is Studio and the article is about Sundance 2017. Where is Kyra ? is one the 3 top choices in this year's selection for Studio. Between the two others choices, this one is said to be "Le plus émouvant" which means the most emotional. The article says : "Away from the screens since the Family in 2013, Michelle Pfeiffer is back with Where is Kyra ? She marked the 2017 selection by her great performance of a 50 years old woman who is going through quite a downward spiral after the loss of her job and the death of her mother - she will be forced to make up in her to get the money she needs for surviving. An harrowing portrait by Andrew Dosunmu and beautifully illuminated by Bradford Young, the chief operator of Arrival." I hope my translation is clear enough... 😉
I can't help but to keep going back and reading the Guy Lodge/Variety review for this. It makes me so happy. We've been wanting Pfeiffer to do daring indie work for years now and she finally has. This is the kind of work Nicole Kidman has been doing and doing very well for years. Here's hoping Pfeiffer does more like this. "Fearless", when is the last time we could say that about a performance from her? White Oleander, maybe? I can't wait to see this.
A soul-searing Michelle Pfeiffer makes a welcome return
For Pfeiffer, meanwhile, one hopes this will prove a gateway into the kind of independent cinema where her crisp, canny gifts as an actor are both wanted and needed.
The emotional range of Pfeiffer’s riveting performance isn’t a broad one, though this frequently nonverbal film is entirely reliant on her cutting powers of expression as she progresses from harrowed to exhausted and back, at risk of disappearing into herself entirely.
with Darci Picoult’s ultra-lean script giving Pfeiffer’s fearless performance fewer notes to play as it goes along.
Also, here is the Letterboxd page for this film: letterboxd.com/film/where-is-kyra/ Letterboxd is much better than IMDB. Professional film critics and just regular movie fans rate and review films they've seen. This has pretty good ratings so far and also some comments like this:
metalmeatwad Review by metalmeatwad ★★★½ It was what I expected, a more artful Time Out of Mind, but I really dug some of its bold character choices. One I loved most had Michelle defrauding the government by dressing up and posing as her late-mother to cash her monthly disability checks. Scenes like that didn't allow it to veer into poverty-porn despite being a bucket of sadness as one women is put through the test of never ending adversity. Michelle is NEXT-LEVEL great.
Thanks so much! Is Pfeiffer really popular in France? Does she usually get good reviews from critics?
Well, she was popular in the 1990's. Dangerous Liaisons was a great success in France. Critics still love her and she usually get good reviews, even if the movies aren't great. I think it's great that she is now working with talented directors (Dosunmu, Aronofsky, Levinson, Branagh) because in France people think that the director is much important than the actors. I'll tell you if she is in the french press in the next months, I hope so !