Mumblecore kings Jay and Mark Duplass made their mark on an independent movement defined by naturalistic improvisation and ultra-low budgets with The Puffy Chair and Baghead. Cyrus, being their first film within the major studio system, may not have been easy on the piggy bank with stars such as frat-pack regulars John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, but they refuse to let go of the improvised antics. Having the sets fully lit, the Duplass-brothers let their actors use the room freely, shooting this quirky romcom in an almost documentary fashion. Reilly's midlife divorcee meets Marisa Tomei's single mom at a party. However, being single does not always mean not being in a relationship. Cue Cyrus, Tomei's grown-up son in the form of Jonah Hill, is heavily burdened with a serious Oidipus complex, trying hard to keep his mum to himself. Channeling emotions with unexpected honesty, the comedy sometimes borders chamber drama, showing the directors' ambition to not just goof around with a couple of the funniest guys in the business, but to take on this slice-of-life story as serious as it very well may be.

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Title
Cyrus
Director
Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Country
USA
Length
91 min
Festival
2010
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Scandinavian Premiere
Production year
2010
Cast
John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener
Producer
Michael Costigan
Script
Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Music
Michael Andrews

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