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Maladies out this May Features All Star Cast


James Franco headlines an all star cast that includes Oscar nominee Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Strathairn and Alan Cumming in the upcoming drama Maladies. Feature Films will release the movie on Blu-ray and DVD on May 20.

Once a star of television's most popular daytime soap, James (Franco) has retreated to the beach side home of his neurotic artist friend Catherine (Keener) in order to fulfill an ambition to write. His wired sister Patricia (Fallon) is a frequent visitor as is the neighbour Delmar (Straitharn) who fails to hide a his crush on James.

Drawn together by their creative connection but repelled by their individual idiosyncrasies, James, Catherine and Patricia struggle to reach an elusive equilibrium in their domestic life. On top of this James's loose grasp on reality is slowly being consumed his dedication to complete a biographical magnum opus .

Franco, who appeared on the soap General Hospital of which scenes are seen playing as evidence of his character's former career, experiments again with his star persona. New York-based filmmaker Carter directs having previously collaborated with Franco on the obscure 2009 film Erased James Franco and Maladies is in many ways an exploration of fame, role play and the difficulties inherent in creating art and living up to it.

A stunning score is contributed by J. Ralph and his collective the Rumor Mill.