Cathy Moriarty, Michael Trucco Cast In ‘Through the Glass Darkly’

Cathy Moriarty, recently seen in Sundance standout Patti Cake$, and Battlestar Galactica actor Michael Trucco have joined Robyn Lively and Shanola Hampton in the indie pic, Through the Glass Darkly. The psychological thriller is being directed by Lauren Fash from a script she co-wrote with Susan Graham.
The film follows Charlie (Lively), a 43-year-old woman recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, living in small-town Georgia with her wife. When Elodie Carmichael…

Cathy Moriarty, recently seen in Sundance standout Patti Cake$, and Battlestar Galactica actor Michael Trucco have joined Robyn Lively and Shanola Hampton in the indie pic, Through the Glass Darkly. The psychological thriller is being directed by Lauren Fash from a script she co-wrote with Susan Graham. The film follows Charlie (Lively), a 43-year-old woman recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, living in small-town Georgia with her wife. When Elodie Carmichael…

‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Indie Hits Familiar Beats But Earns the Hype

Danielle Macdonald is a born star. Like the character she plays, Patti Dombrowski, she’s got skills and charisma, and the camera loves her. Hopefully, this movie will serve as Macdonald’s well-earned breakout. But Patti, at least, has to fight full-time just to be seen.

Why? Because she doesn’t fit any of the standards society demands. As Geremy Jasper’s poignant indie debut reminds us, our appearance-obsessed culture has a tendency to confuse the ordinary with the extraordinary. But occasionally, true talent does win out. That, anyway, is what struggling bartender Patti wants to believe whenever she transforms into rap goddess Patti Cake$, aka Killa P.

For now, this dramatic transformation happens only in Patti’s bedroom, and only in her dreams. For now, the local guys she grew up with still call her Dumbo and Miss Piggy and White Precious, as they have since she was an overweight teen. And for now, she still lives at home in a dead-end corner of New Jersey with her cynical, emphysema-ridden Nana (a scene-stealing Cathy Moriarty) and bitter, alcoholic mother Barb (powerhouse comedian and cabaret star Bridget Everett, “Fun Mom Dinner”).

Watch Video: ‘Patti Cake$’: Watch First Trailer for Female Rapper Sundance Sensation

When Patti writes her ferocious rhymes, she does it on her break at a scuzzy dive bar. If she laughs, it’s only after her best friend Hareesh (charming newcomer Siddharth Dhananjay) clocks out of his numbing job at a drugstore. “I’m 23,” she tells Hareesh in a moment of bleak reality, “and I ain’t done s—.”

Most of the time, though, the two fantasize about how they’re going to set the world on fire with their songs. (Jasper, a former music-video director and musician, wrote the original soundtrack.)

They get a step closer when they meet punk loner Basterd (Mamoudou Athie, ill-served by an underwritten role). The silent, enigmatic Basterd is an anarchist artist living behind a grimy underpass aptly nicknamed Gates of Hell. None of them have it easy. All of them want out. And music is the only way.

Also Read: How a Legendary ’90s Verse Helped ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Become a Rapper

It has to be said that the above description makes “Patti Cake$” sound like a pretty typical Sundance crowd pleaser. Which, technically, it is. But what sets it apart from other overpraised festival indies is its tremendously gifted lead.

From the very first scene, Macdonald allows us to see straight into Patti’s soul. She imbues this fierce underdog with such a perfect mix of humor, strength and vulnerability that we’re fully and continually invested. Each time Jasper (who also wrote the script) throws another hurdle in Patti’s path, we wince with genuine worry.

Some of these ominously-shot obstacles do feel too obvious, from the shifty drug dealer (McCaul Lombardi, “American Honey”) threatened by her talent to the hypocritical rap impresario (Sahr Ngaujah, “Money Monster”) she idolizes. Jasper doesn’t take the time to flesh out these familiar characters, perhaps because even he realizes they’re clichés. He trips up a little at the end, too, as if he’s overly concerned about giving everyone the grand finale they paid for.

But because Macdonald is so good, these complaints repeatedly recede. She may be an Australian actress playing a Jersey bartender, but the authenticity of her alienation propels the film.

Also Read: Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Patti Cake$’ for $9.5 Million

It’s not the big issues that bring Patti down, it’s the daily struggles. She’s demeaned or dismissed by nearly everyone she meets, both because she’s a woman and because she doesn’t have the knowledge, background or dress size required to access any culture outside her own.

As bluntly represented by both Nana and Barb, poverty, misery, and loneliness are Patti’s working-class birthright. To keep getting up, let alone moving forward, begins to feel like a task so monumental as to be nearly impossible. When she stares into the mirror, rapping “My life is f—in’ awesome,” it’s not a boast, but a call of desperate defiance.

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Danielle Macdonald is a born star. Like the character she plays, Patti Dombrowski, she’s got skills and charisma, and the camera loves her. Hopefully, this movie will serve as Macdonald’s well-earned breakout. But Patti, at least, has to fight full-time just to be seen.

Why? Because she doesn’t fit any of the standards society demands. As Geremy Jasper’s poignant indie debut reminds us, our appearance-obsessed culture has a tendency to confuse the ordinary with the extraordinary. But occasionally, true talent does win out. That, anyway, is what struggling bartender Patti wants to believe whenever she transforms into rap goddess Patti Cake$, aka Killa P.

For now, this dramatic transformation happens only in Patti’s bedroom, and only in her dreams. For now, the local guys she grew up with still call her Dumbo and Miss Piggy and White Precious, as they have since she was an overweight teen. And for now, she still lives at home in a dead-end corner of New Jersey with her cynical, emphysema-ridden Nana (a scene-stealing Cathy Moriarty) and bitter, alcoholic mother Barb (powerhouse comedian and cabaret star Bridget Everett, “Fun Mom Dinner”).

When Patti writes her ferocious rhymes, she does it on her break at a scuzzy dive bar. If she laughs, it’s only after her best friend Hareesh (charming newcomer Siddharth Dhananjay) clocks out of his numbing job at a drugstore. “I’m 23,” she tells Hareesh in a moment of bleak reality, “and I ain’t done s—.”

Most of the time, though, the two fantasize about how they’re going to set the world on fire with their songs. (Jasper, a former music-video director and musician, wrote the original soundtrack.)

They get a step closer when they meet punk loner Basterd (Mamoudou Athie, ill-served by an underwritten role). The silent, enigmatic Basterd is an anarchist artist living behind a grimy underpass aptly nicknamed Gates of Hell. None of them have it easy. All of them want out. And music is the only way.

It has to be said that the above description makes “Patti Cake$” sound like a pretty typical Sundance crowd pleaser. Which, technically, it is. But what sets it apart from other overpraised festival indies is its tremendously gifted lead.

From the very first scene, Macdonald allows us to see straight into Patti’s soul. She imbues this fierce underdog with such a perfect mix of humor, strength and vulnerability that we’re fully and continually invested. Each time Jasper (who also wrote the script) throws another hurdle in Patti’s path, we wince with genuine worry.

Some of these ominously-shot obstacles do feel too obvious, from the shifty drug dealer (McCaul Lombardi, “American Honey”) threatened by her talent to the hypocritical rap impresario (Sahr Ngaujah, “Money Monster”) she idolizes. Jasper doesn’t take the time to flesh out these familiar characters, perhaps because even he realizes they’re clichés. He trips up a little at the end, too, as if he’s overly concerned about giving everyone the grand finale they paid for.

But because Macdonald is so good, these complaints repeatedly recede. She may be an Australian actress playing a Jersey bartender, but the authenticity of her alienation propels the film.

It’s not the big issues that bring Patti down, it’s the daily struggles. She’s demeaned or dismissed by nearly everyone she meets, both because she’s a woman and because she doesn’t have the knowledge, background or dress size required to access any culture outside her own.

As bluntly represented by both Nana and Barb, poverty, misery, and loneliness are Patti’s working-class birthright. To keep getting up, let alone moving forward, begins to feel like a task so monumental as to be nearly impossible. When she stares into the mirror, rapping “My life is f—in’ awesome,” it’s not a boast, but a call of desperate defiance.

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Sundance Smash ‘Patti Cake$’ Gets Summer Release Date

Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$,” which underwent a heated bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released in theaters on July 7, Fox Searchlight announced Friday.

The company acquired the film for $9.5 million at the festival, beating out several other studios including Lionsgate, Annapurna, and Amazon. The comedy received strong reviews at its Sundance.

“Patti Cake$” stars newcomer Danielle McDonald as the titular rapper — real name Patricia Dombrowski — and follows her attempts to make it big in New Jersey’s hip-hop underground scene even as her life continues to fall apart.

Also Read: Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Patti Cake$’ for $9.5 Million

Bridget Everett, known for appearing in “Inside Amy Schumer,” stars as her mother, while Cathy Moriarty, who performed opposite Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull,” plays Patti’s grandmother in the film.

“Patti Cake$” is produced and financed by RT Features. Rodrigo Teixeira produced alongside Michael Gottwald, Noah Stahl, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Chris Columbus. Lourenço Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Eleanor Columbus, Josh Penn, Jonathan Bronfman, Lon Molnar and Fernando Fraiha are executive producers.

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Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$,” which underwent a heated bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released in theaters on July 7, Fox Searchlight announced Friday.

The company acquired the film for $9.5 million at the festival, beating out several other studios including Lionsgate, Annapurna, and Amazon. The comedy received strong reviews at its Sundance.

“Patti Cake$” stars newcomer Danielle McDonald as the titular rapper — real name Patricia Dombrowski — and follows her attempts to make it big in New Jersey’s hip-hop underground scene even as her life continues to fall apart.

Bridget Everett, known for appearing in “Inside Amy Schumer,” stars as her mother, while Cathy Moriarty, who performed opposite Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull,” plays Patti’s grandmother in the film.

“Patti Cake$” is produced and financed by RT Features. Rodrigo Teixeira produced alongside Michael Gottwald, Noah Stahl, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Chris Columbus. Lourenço Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Eleanor Columbus, Josh Penn, Jonathan Bronfman, Lon Molnar and Fernando Fraiha are executive producers.

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‘Patti Cake$’ Spits Rhymes, Beguiles Park City, Readies For Big Time – Sundance Studio

Even yesterday’s epic snow storm in Park City couldn’t stifle the dreams of aspiring rapper Patti Cake$. Geremy Jasper’s so-titled musical odyssey about a Jersey girl chasing hip-hop superstardom premiered on the snowiest and most inhospitable day of the festival in years, but still managed to trigger an overnight bidding war that looks set to land the film at Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million.
Danielle MacDonald plays Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, aka Killa P…

Even yesterday’s epic snow storm in Park City couldn’t stifle the dreams of aspiring rapper Patti Cake$. Geremy Jasper’s so-titled musical odyssey about a Jersey girl chasing hip-hop superstardom premiered on the snowiest and most inhospitable day of the festival in years, but still managed to trigger an overnight bidding war that looks set to land the film at Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million. Danielle MacDonald plays Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, aka Killa P…