intelligent, tender look at the loss of love in the suburbs
This is the kind of movie that you go to when you just can't bear to go to another crappy Hollywood blockbuster. I saw it at the 2005 Tribeca festival and scanned the trades until I saw the review in Variety that pays the film the tribute it deserves.
Ronnie Scheib nailed it on the head: "Sharp dialogue, idiosyncratic characters and a wickedly brilliant structure that subtly derails expectation make "Laura Smiles" a rarity among mellers. Jason Ruscio's sophomore feature traces the quietly psycho, often hilarious disintegration of an American housewife. "Laura" could become an indie "American Beauty.""
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