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Bubble
     

Bubble

4.7 4
Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Debbie Doebereiner, Dustin Ashley, Misty Wilkins

 

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Steven Soderbergh followed up his slick, star-studded sequel, Ocean's Twelve, with Bubble, a small-town drama about workers in a doll factory, played by a cast of unknowns. Martha (Debbie Doebereiner) seems to have acclimated herself to a very simple life. She works at the factory, where she eats lunch with a younger co-worker, Kyle (Dustin Ashley), and

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Steven Soderbergh followed up his slick, star-studded sequel, Ocean's Twelve, with Bubble, a small-town drama about workers in a doll factory, played by a cast of unknowns. Martha (Debbie Doebereiner) seems to have acclimated herself to a very simple life. She works at the factory, where she eats lunch with a younger co-worker, Kyle (Dustin Ashley), and goes home to take care of her elderly father. Her routine is disrupted when an attractive young woman, Rose (Misty Wilkins), is hired at the factory to help them with the holiday rush. Rose soon tells the others that she's eager to leave their town, where there is "nothing to do." She immediately attracts Kyle's attention. One night, Rose asks Martha to baby-sit for her two-year-old daughter while she goes out on a date. Martha is startled to learn that her date is with Kyle. When Rose returns home that night, she's greeted by her angry ex-boyfriend, Jake (K. Smith), who accuses her of stealing from him. Martha looks on while Rose and Jake have a heated confrontation. The next morning, one of the characters is found murdered, and a detective (played by Decker Moody) begins to investigate. Bubble was written by Coleman Hough, who also scripted Soderbergh's Full Frontal. It was shown at the 2005 New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Although he is capable of flashy Hollywood entertainment like Ocean's Eleven and Erin Brockovich, Steven Soderbergh is an arthouse director at heart. Bubble, like his earlier films Schizopolis and Kafka, finds him at his most formally adventurous. Shot entirely on digital video with a cast of amateurs, the film offers a bleak portrait of a middle-age woman named Martha (Debbie Doebereiner) so used to her quiet life that she is unable to function when she experiences passionate feelings. The style of the film lets the audience feel the same day-to-day drudgery that the characters do, while the doll factory where they work offers just enough creepy images to offset the boredom. The performers are all flat, but they have been directed to be so. Soderbergh knows exactly what he is doing, and allows the viewer to fall into the unique pacing of the film and performances with ease. Since the plot is so simple it would be easy to think of Bubble as a case of style over substance, but as with most good films, the fact is the style informs the substance. With this haunting minor-key drama, Soderbergh once again shows that he is among the most cerebral and challenging American filmmakers of his era.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Of the idiosyncratic ''little'' movies that Soderbergh has made to clear his head (Full Frontal, Schizopolis), this is the first that truly connects.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
The movie is absorbing and unnerving, and represents an admirable attempt on Mr. Soderbergh's part to shake off standard Hollywood clichés about provincial American life and use the movie camera to discover what - and who - is really out there.
Washington Post - Desson Thomson
Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people -- and it's riveting.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A masterpiece in miniature.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
UPC:
0876964000024
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:13:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Steven Soderbergh and Mark Romanek; Deleted scene; Bursting the Bubble: making-of featurette; Higher Definition: Bubble episode; Cast audio commentary; Cast audition interviews; Photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debbie Doebereiner Martha
Dustin Ashley Kyle
Misty Wilkins Rose
Omar Cowan Martha's Dad
Laurie Lee Kyle's Mother
David Hubbard Pastor
Kyle Smith Jake
Decker Moody Detective Don
Steve Deem Pawn Shop Owner
A. Paul Brooks Doctor
Daniel R. Christian Factory Supervisor
Ross Clegg CSI
Terrence V. Williams Officer Williams
Scott Smeeks Officer Smeeks
Leonora K. Hornbeck Shop Owner
Katherine Beaumier Hairdresser
Dawn Hall Nail Shop Owner
Joyce Brookhart Martha's Niece
Amanda Massey Waitress
Adam C. Anderson Officer Anderson
Jeffrey R. Morris Officer Morris

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Mary Ann Bernard Editor
Larry Blake Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Coleman Hough Screenwriter
Greg Jacobs Producer
Jason Kliot Executive Producer
Robert Pollard Score Composer
Joana Vicente Executive Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bubble
2. Main Title/Martha and Kyle Go to Work [7:03]
3. Kyle's Night Job [4:18]
4. Rose Arrives at Work [6:01]
5. Martha Gives Rose a Ride [5:30]
6. In the Lunch Room [4:41]
7. The Date [12:52]
8. Jake Comes Over [3:00]
9. Crime Scene [3:00]
10. Questioning the Suspects [6:40]
11. Martha Brings Kyle a Gift [5:29]
12. Martha's Interrogation [7:21]
13. Visit From Kyle [3:34]
14. Realization [2:09]
15. End Titles [1:35]

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Bubble 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a real, thought-provoking, dark portrait of ordinary people. The three leads are fantastic, the cinematography is stunning, and the way that the story is unfolding makes the little hairs in the back of your neck stand straight up. Steven Soderbergh does an amazing job of unmasking the horror of ordinary life, the people and the places that surround, and are influenced by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is well done, relaxing and easy to watch. The characters are lifelike and the storyline is easy to follow and so very believeable. Just ordinary people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An almost lifelike movie using local talent in the Parkersburg, West Virginia area. This movie progresses slowly, but surely, and is very believeable. An enjoyable movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago