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Middle of Nowhere (2012)

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When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

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Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Ruby
Omari Hardwick ... Derek
Edwina Findley Dickerson ... Rosie (as Edwina Findley)
Sharon Lawrence ... Fraine
Lorraine Toussaint ... Ruth
David Oyelowo ... Brian
Maya Dunbar ... Gina (as Maya Gilbert)
Bruce Katzman ... Averick
Troy Curvey III ... Rashad
Yvette Cason Yvette Cason ... Mrs. Hastings
Andy Earnest Spencer ... Bus Hustler (as Andy Spencer)
Romann Aric Romann Aric ... Jordann
Nehemiah Sutton Nehemiah Sutton ... Nickie
Nisa Ward Nisa Ward ... Fraine's Assistant
Dondre Whitfield ... Littleton
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When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

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Rated R for some language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,030, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,030, 14 October 2012
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2.35 : 1
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For this film Ava DuVernay won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, becoming the first African-American woman to win it. See more »

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In Derek's parole hearing, Franie first summarizes that Derek has been in jail for 4 years and 2 months, then she says that he has served over 4½ years. See more »

Quotes

Ruby: I don't know if you like the same kind of movies I like.
Brian: Alright, what kind of movies you like?
Ruby: Indie ones... foreign ones.
Brian: Movies where brother's gotta read?
Ruby: [chuckles] Yes, those.
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Decent and effective competition film
28 January 2012 | by AritSee all my reviews

Middle Of Nowhere is perhaps as good as a low-budget indie can get, and also a textbook example of a Sundance competition film. It has a solid screenplay, aptly selected melancholy tones/music, long pauses, a couple of twists and a camera trick, etc., but nothing evasive to turn off the audience. Every aspect of being a good small narrative film is pretty much covered.

Quite naturally, the most valuable asset of such a film is the chemistry of a committed cast. Omari Hardwick is reasonably stoic and almost possesses the angst of a Denzel Washington character who has been pushed around too long. Emayatzy Corinealdi, as the film's emotional core, convincingly depicts a devoted wife's slow transition in priorities. With her rich experience in both cinema and TV, there's little wonder how Lorraine Toussaint goes instinctively maternal towards two younger actresses and leads them to fairly palpable family dynamics.

This is a relatively simple tale of a young wife who teeters between naivety and strength, but the skillful and effective storytelling supported by good performances offers a decently enjoyable viewing experience.


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