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Wild Iris (2001)

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A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Brinn
Iris Bravard
Lonnie Bravard
Errol Podubney
Lud van Eppy
Ramando Galvez
Ronnie Dale Bravard
Rhondlyn Podubney
Michael McLachlan ...
Gang Leader
Philip Eddolls ...
Teenager #1
Nathan Hoppe ...
Teenager #2
Peter Costigan ...
Teenager #3
Caroline Gillis ...
Smoking Mother at Mall
Handprint Clerk
Ingrid Veninger ...
Woman in Line at the Mall


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 <>

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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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Desaliento  »

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An excellent mom/daughter love/hate relationship flick
7 August 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

This flick, which aired on Showtime under the title "Wild Iris", tells of a grandmother, her adult daughter, and a teenage son/grandson who live together in a SOHO wedding dress boutique. In spite of the pasty, made-for-tv "feel", "...Iris" showcases two excellent performances. Rowlands plays a mother in denial about her diseased relationship with her daughter, avoiding the truth while placating conflict with platitudes. Linney plays the daughter who tries to cope with good old mom using brutally frank honesty and vodka has her weapons of choice. Kudos to the pair of female leads.

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