The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.

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Academically brilliant Mark was his family's pride and joy, if not the whole small town's, but ultimately triumphantly leaves for MIT. Then his single mother Maylene, who never got over losing their father Willard, has to transfer her attention to gray mouse Ruth. half-wit local 'bad boy' Ruben 'Ruby Doll' becomes Ruth's lover and moves in, but domineering Maylene treats him like unwelcome trash. That changes when the love birds are pregnant, but Maylene soon imposes her standards for raising grandson Justy, leading to a grim climax. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Ruth is first discovering the letter condemning her marriage, a mic is visible within and above her V-neck, but gone the next shots. See more »

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Policeman: [siren wails in the background and men speak as the camera is trained on a beaten, traumatized Ruth] Who called it in?
Policeman 2: A man across the way heard screams; said it wasn't the first time.
Policeman: I need to see him. So, what do we got?
Policeman 2: A dead body and a mute.
[walks over to Ruth]
Policeman 2: Talk to me, Ruth. Those bruises are pretty bad. How'd you get those bruises, Ruth? What happened, Ruth?
Ruth: [voiceover] I'm the only one that can tell the story from beginning to end. What it begins with is Maylene, my mother, and the ...
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Truly touching and compelling
4 May 2004 | by (Bryan, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie teaches the great importance of finding ones self and making your own way. It shows how much someone can influence you and how you may not see that influence until they are gone. Christine Lahti is fabulous in this. She portrays a cold hearted widow that takes out her pain and past mistakes on her soft spoken daughter Ruth played by Nicolle Tom. Nicolle also does a great job, very different from Maggie she played on The Nanny.She is very deep and emotional, not typical of her previous roles. I hope to see her in more films soon. I really enjoyed this movie. One to watch with your mom, after seeing Maylene you might really appreciate yours! I hope they show this one again soon!


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