A depressed woman battles with her mother and abuses alcohol following the suicide of her husband.

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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
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Ronnie Dale Bravard
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Rhondlyn Podubney
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Philip Eddolls ...
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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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Average mother-daughter movie
31 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Fine movie about a mother-daughter relationship with Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands in the leading roles. Both actresses give an excellent performance. The story is nothing special but it's acceptable. We also see Emile Hirsch (the guy from "The Girl Next Door" and "Imaginary Heroes") as the son of Laura Linney. This is one of his first important roles and he gives a nice performance.

This is a movie from the same director as "Fort Apache the Bronx" with Paul Newman and Pam Grier ("Jackie Brown") in the leading roles. "Wild Iris" is of course something completely different but in general it is a good movie, nothing exceptional but it is entertaining and the acting performances are good.


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