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Bubble (2005)

Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Coleman Hough
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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

Another Steven Soderbergh Experience

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banka See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,664, 29 January 2006

Gross USA:

$145,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,966
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Very thought-provoking if you keep an open mind
28 January 2006 | by pennyplantSee all my reviews

My husband and I saw Bubble at the Little Theatre in Rochester, NY on January 27. We went in expecting to enjoy it since we enjoy all kinds of films, and the subject matter resonates with us as working class people in our 40s. Most of the audience appeared to be upper middle-class people in their 50s and 60s. I sensed by the end of the showing that they did not like it. They probably also would not have liked Gummo, the film this one most reminded us of. People coming out of the earlier showing made comments like, "Well, what was THAT all about?" I hope that responses like that don't keep Soderburgh from making all the rest of the films in his planned series. More people need to think about the issues raised in Bubble.

Notable issues: Repressed emotions, due to constant care-taking of others, spending most of your time and energy just getting by, working in monotonous jobs, working all the time, not working at all, just surviving, just getting by. What is the definition of "friend"? What is art?

Notable images: The artistry involved in actually manufacturing the dolls, resemblance of Martha's face to the dolls' faces, actually seeing the emotions on the actors' faces when Rose is introduced to the other workers, Jake's apartment walls, still shots of the doll parts (especially the ones with the patent leather shoes on the feet), Kyle shoveling sawdust at the shovel factory.

The ending: It is simple and jarring. But it was enough.

The performances: Dignified and confident. I can't imagine myself doing as well as they did. They should feel proud of their accomplishment.


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