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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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... Ruby
... Derek
... Rosie (as Edwina Findley)
... Fraine
... Ruth
... Brian
... Gina (as Maya Gilbert)
... Averick
... Rashad
Yvette Cason ... Mrs. Hastings
... Bus Hustler (as Andy Spencer)
Romann Aric ... Jordann
Nehemiah Sutton ... Nickie
Nisa Ward ... Fraine's Assistant
... 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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$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,030, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

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$78,030, 14 October 2012
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Ava DuVernay had wanted David Oyelowo to star in the movie but before she could approach him a friend of hers who was considering investing in the film asked an actor on a plane his opinion of the script. The actor was Oyelowo, who contacted DuVernay and asked for the part. 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: What do you want me to say?
Ruth: Maybe my expectations are so low at this point, I'll accept anything from you.
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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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On Time
Performed by Ra-Re Valverde
Written by Ra-Re Valverde © Naznira Music Inc.
Appears Courtesy of Ra-Re Valverde © Naznira Music Inc.
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It could work, but it didn't. The script is too slow.
10 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

It is always refreshing to see good indie movies exploring dark themes in a sensitive and almost lyric way. These are, incidentally, the two major strong points of this movie.

There are many titles, some rather good ones, exploring incarceration an its effects on the person behind bars. Multiple angles and story lines are explored, almost always from the incarcerated point of view.

'Middle of Nowhere', instead, puts the focus on an accomplished young woman whose life hangs still when her young husband is incarcerated for a long term, and makes the movie about the effects of incarceration on people who are on the outside, supposedly free, but actually suffering by proxy a set of restrictions and struggles that derive from the fact that a loved one or in-law is not present. That is an interesting take on the subject.

Nonetheless, the script is just too slow. There are several cogent reasons for a script to be slow, such as character development, parallel narratives - but none of them could possible justify it here. Thus, it becomes very difficult to keep paying attention on what the director had in mind as dozens of minutes are just fillers that, in turn, are juxtaposed with some pivotal scenes that are paradoxically too hurried up.


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