There’s an awful lot of ravishing beauty on display in “Where Is Kyra
?,” Nigerian-born filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu
’s startling new visual ode to life on the New York fringes, and it’s safe to say the characters on screen see none of it. Through the lens of ingenious cinematographer Bradford Young
, dingy apartment corridors turn to blazing crimson purgatories, drab Goodwill ensembles turn to iridescent haute couture, and the extraordinary face of Michelle Pfeiffer
remains, well, that same extraordinary face — though one senses that Kyra
, the near-destitute divorcee she plays to scarring effect in this downward-spiraling economic tragedy, long ago stopped seeing anything in the mirror.
Every bit as formally exciting as Dosunmu’s previous film, 2013’s glorious Yoruba-focused drama “Mother of George
,” “Where Is Kyra
?” proves a cooler, less emotionally rewarding experience, with Darci Picoult
’s ultra-lean script giving Pfeiffer’s fearless performance fewer notes to play as it goes along.