Where is Kyra
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Director: Andrew Dosunmu
2017, United States, 98 minutes
Mild‐mannered, sheltered Kyra, played with intensity by Michelle Pfeiffer, begins to spiral after the death of her mother. Long out of work, the deep‐in‐debt Kyra struggles to support herself. As she becomes increasingly desperate and isolated, longing for her mother, she launches a cryptic, last‐ditch scheme to keep from being evicted. She also finds solace in another lonely soul, Doug (Kiefer Sutherland), from whom she initially tries to hide her plight, but Kyra slowly ropes him into her deception.
Using impeccably composed frames and guided by sharp art direction, writer/director Andrew Dosunmu and cinematographer Bradford Young situate the fragile Kyra in a dark, antagonistic NYC. The intensely warm glow of an illuminated palette married to the cold negative space reflects the stark tension with this enigmatic character, who feels out of place in this world.
“It’s been years since we’ve been treated to a great Michelle Pfeiffer performance, and Where Is Kyra finally gives her that platform.” — ERIC KOHN, Indiewire