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Jesse Peretz nabs Catherine Keener and John Malkovich for WHAT’S THIS S%^@ CALLED LOVE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 1st, 2011

Talk about taking your Sundance buzz and running with it.

Director Jesse Peretz recently spoke with the LA Times, and revealed that two beloved thespians, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich, will be starring in his upcoming drama, entitled WHAT’S THIS S%^@ CALLED LOVE.

Peretz recently took Park City by storm with his well-received film, MY IDIOT BROTHER, which ended up being purchased by The Weinstein Company for $6-7 million.

Based on a script by Peretz, the film “is set in Cambridge, Mass., during the 1980s….and centers on a teenage boy who’s contemplating coming out. But in a twist, his ultra-progressive family (Keener and Malkovich would play the parents) actually wants to celebrate the boy’s newfound sexuality, while all the boy wants is to be left alone.” Sounds like it’s right in the dramedy sweet spot. Peretz grew up in Cambridge so he knows the location well and when asked if it’s similar in feeling to Noah Baumbach‘s 'The Squid And The Whale,'…It’s kind of like that. But maybe a little more positive.”

Currently looking for financing, this is definitely one of the more compelling indie projects coming down the pipeline. While I have not seen IDIOT BROTHER, this film sounds like an absolutely winner, and with a cast spearheaded by Keener and Malkovich, you really can’t go wrong. At this point, this is about all that we know about the film, so hopefully we’ll be hearing much more about this film in the coming months.

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