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Wild Iris (2001)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 5 August 2001
A depressed woman battles with her mother and abuses alcohol following the suicide of her husband.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Minnie Brinn
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Iris Bravard
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Lonnie Bravard
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Errol Podubney
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Lud van Eppy
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Ramando Galvez
Scott Gibson ...
Ronnie Dale Bravard
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Rhondlyn Podubney
Michael McLachlan ...
Gang Leader
Philip Eddolls ...
Teenager #1
Nathan Hoppe ...
Teenager #2
Peter Costigan ...
Teenager #3
Caroline Gillis ...
Smoking Mother at Mall
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Handprint Clerk
Ingrid Veninger ...
Woman in Line at the Mall
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A weary young woman, Iris Brevard, is forced to move in with her overbearing mother, Min, following her husband's suicide. She finds her only escape from her mother's badgering is to verbally fight back and to hide herself in an alcoholic haze. Unfortunately, her young teen son, Lonnie, observes all of this and finds himself torn between the two women. The older woman is multi-dimensional as she is clearly shown as manipulative and critical, but also as loving and charming. This is clearly shown in scenes with Fred Ward as the father of a bride-to-be who comes to the women's bridal gown shop to stop the purchase of his daughter's wedding dress. After facing Rowlands, he willingly writes the check for the next dress payment. The film also raises questions about whether Min was responsible for the suicide of Iris' husband. As Lonnie questions his father's death and is faced with similar pressures, he also clearly is considering his life options. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Secrets, lies, unspoken truths... there's no place like home.

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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5 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Black Iris  »

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Bravura Acting
5 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Gena Rowlands and Laura Linney turn in outstanding performances in this dark tale of mother-daughter love and hate. Built around small-town life, suicide, and failure, this story takes a few dark turns before finding the light. Linney is outstanding as the lost daughter who can't get her life back after her husband commits suicide. Gena Rowlands is (as always) excellent as the domineering mother who seems to thrive on her daughter's failures. Superior TV movie with good work from Fred Ward and Emile Hirsch as the boy who takes a drastic step to save all their lives.


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