Bubble (I) (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  27 January 2006 (USA)
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Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Cowan ...
Martha's Father
Kyle (as Dustin Ashley)
Phyllis Workman ...
Bakery Shopkeeper
Laurie L. Wee ...
Kyle's Mother (as Laurie Lee)
Daniel R. Christian ...
Factory Supervisor
Madison Wilkins ...
K. Smith ...
Decker Moody ...
Detective Don Taylor
Thomas R. Davis ...
Sergeant Davis
Ross Clegg ...
Scott Smeeks ...
Officer Smeeks
M. Stephen Deem ...
Pawn Shop Owner
Leonora K. Hornbeck ...
Tackle Shopkeeper


In a small North American town, the middle age Martha and the twenty and something years old Kyle work in a doll factory. Martha nurses her old father and usually gives a lift to Kyle, who works also in the night-shift cleaning a shovel factory. When the young single mother Rose is hired to work with airbrush and stencils in the factory, she is befriended by Kyle and Martha. In a Friday night, Rose hires Martha to work as babysitter of her two year old daughter Jesse and Martha finds that she is dating Kyle. Rose returns back home early after stealing Kyle's savings, and Martha witnesses Jesse's father Jake accusing Rose of stealing weed and money from his house. On the next morning, Rose is found strangled in her house and Detective Don Taylor interviews Jake, Kyle and Martha along his investigation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Another Steven Soderbergh Experience


Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banka  »

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Box Office


$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,664 (USA) (27 January 2006)


$145,382 (USA) (17 February 2006)

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The cast's own homes were used as sets. See more »


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Simple and Unexpected
21 January 2007 | by (New York, US) – See all my reviews

I had been meaning to see Bubble for a really long time. The DVD always popped up on my "recommended films" list on NetFlix and the cover looked really compelling. When I finally saw it I have to admit I was totally surprised. Steven Soderbergh has such a range, from high budget, high profile films that feature every star in Hollywood to something like Bubble, which was shot in a small town in Ohio using non-actors from the area and a mostly improvised script. All of his films are interesting and all of them, in my opinion, are good.

Bubble is a slice of life film which goes very dark very quickly with very little explanation. The non-actors that make up this perfectly awkward ensemble cast do a spectacular job integrating their own personalities and experiences with the plot of the film. The performances in this film are wonderful and could not have been achieved with big name actors.

Bubble was also shot on DV which doesn't show at all. I have always said, if a filmmaker has truly mastered DV then the audience will never know it's not film. Granted some shots in Bubble couldn't pass for 35 mm but it's pretty damn close.

Bubble is complex in it's simplicity. This is the fist of Soderbergh's 6 low budget picture deal with HD Net. The other 5 will follow the same formula: choose a subject, choose a town, choose local actors. If you feel like seeing something way outside the mainstream but oddly close to home Bubble is a good choice. Just don't watch it expecting any of the characteristics of modern Hollywood.

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