Release Date:January 1,2013
Based on the novel “East Filth Bliss” by Douglas Light, director Michael Knowles (After Lilly, One Night) returns to the big screen with a bright cast that includes Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”,“Six Feet Under”), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Sarah Shahi (“Fairly Legal,” Old School), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers,” Matilda), Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Julie & Julia), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, 3:10 to Yuma) and Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill).
The Trouble With Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Hall) who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Fonda); and perhaps worst of all, the premature death of his mother still lingers and has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with the sexually precocious, 18-year-old daughter (Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Liu), Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue.
The Trouble With Bliss was nominated for Best Picture and Best Editing at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival and opened both the 2011 Naples International Film Festival and the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival.