This week, The Hollywood Reporter announced the beginning of production of "Clutter," a dark comedy about a family forced to put the home of a compulsive hoarder mother up for sale.
Clutter centers on Linda (played by character actress Carole Kane), as a mother whose grown children step in to help her clean her home before it's taken away from her. Playing Kane's onscreen children are Joshua Leonard, Natasha Lyonne and Halley Feiffer. The film also stars Kathy Najimy.
Here is Clutter's storyline from IMDB:
"Charlie Bradford, an aspiring filmmaker in his 30s, is doing the best he can to distance himself from the chaos of his childhood home. But his eccentric mother Linda, a compulsive hoarder who suffers from depression punctuated by spells of manic consumption, has a tendency to keep the people and things she loves close at hand. Charlie's younger sisters still live at home with Linda: Lisa, the older of the two has a history of petty theft and works as a home healthcare aid, and Penny, who is trying to overcome her agonizing shyness is starting a a new career as a home stager in a beleaguered real estate market. When a water stain on the family's garage door is interpreted as an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, the house attracts the unwanted attention of the neighbors... and the county health department, which gives the Bradfords a week to clean up their act or lose their home..."
Clutter is directed by Diane Crespo and shoots in and around New York City this March and April for a 2012 release. The schedule makes sense because Kane is set to join the upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Harvey, with previews opening May 18.
Strangely enough set decorators in Hollywood use clutter to flesh out characters all the time. In 2005, we wrote about Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer. Reynolds played an obsessively organized efficiency expert who's life becomes unraveled.
What are your thoughts about Clutter-- the movie? Do you think it's about time for hoarding to hit the big screen?
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