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Where Is Kyra? (2017)

R | | Drama | 6 April 2018 (USA)
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In Brooklyn, New York, Kyra (Michelle Pfeiffer) loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.

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Andrew Dosunmu

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Darci Picoult (screenplay by), Andrew Dosunmu (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Kyra
Kiefer Sutherland ... Doug
Suzanne Shepherd ... Ruth
Anthony Okungbowa ... Brennan (as Tony Okungbowa)
Babs Olusanmokun ... Gary
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Mia
Angela Pietropinto ... Diane
Elizabeth Evans ... Becky
Sam Robards ... Carl
Rutanya Alda ... Ms. Pavlovsky
Henry Yuk Henry Yuk ... Scott
Bradley W. Anderson ... Owen
Marc Menchaca ... Vine
Joel Marsh Garland ... Jerry
Jorge Chapa ... Dispatcher
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In Brooklyn, New York, Kyra (Michelle Pfeiffer) loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality. | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kyra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,000, 8 April 2018

Gross USA:

$59,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,717
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Was partially filmed on location at Gotham Thrift Shop in Ridgewood Queens, New York. See more »

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Pfeiffer is powerful, the film dark.
12 April 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Where is Kyra? the title asks. Ostensibly she lives in Brooklyn, but her real location, for the purposes of this low-lit, depressing mise en scene, is the interior darkness of a middle-aged, jobless, depressed woman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Aided by Oscar-nominated Bradford Young's shadowy cinematography, director Andrew Dosunmu crafts a near perfect outward evocation of the spiritual loneliness of a woman who has recently lost her mother.

As her life spirals downward spiritually and financially, Kyra finds some solace in the arms of neighbor Doug (Kiefer Sutherland), a part-time job slacker, who tries as much as he can to comfort her even though he is marginalized by the film's lighting and proxemics. Kyra is desperately alone in a city that forgets about the aging, like the recurring motif of the elderly lady with the cane.

A light larceny is forcing itself on Kyra, and who can blame her? Her credit cards have maxed out, and the job interviews have led nowhere. Although this is not a real thriller, enough of the noirish urban danger bleeds through to confirm the despair so many down and outers must feel in that unforgiving world on NYC and its burbs.

Pfeiffer should be recognized for her remarkably restrained and deeply-felt role. Unfortunately, writer Darci Picoult has little dialogue for her, and the lighting is the most powerful vehicle for the despair of urban loneliness and poverty, poverty porn if you will.

Where is Kyra? has a European feel in its languor and an American vibe in its class inequality. It's solid fare for cinephiles and those who need an antidote for their optimism.


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