Bubble (film)

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Bubble
Bubble poster.jpg
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by Gregory Jacobs
Written by Coleman Hough
Starring Debbie Doebereiner,
Dustin James Ashley,
Misty Dawn Wilkins
Music by Robert Pollard
Editing by Steven Soderbergh
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • September 3, 2005 (2005-09-03) (Venice Film Festival)
  • January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27) (United States)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office US$261,966[1]

Bubble is a 2005 film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It was shot on high-definition video.

It featured some unusual production aspects. In traditional terms, the movie has no script. All lines were improvised according to an outline written by screenwriter Coleman Hough, who previously teamed with Soderbergh on Full Frontal. Bubble was shot and edited by Soderbergh under the pseudonyms Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard (taken from his father's given names and his mother's maiden name, respectively).

The film uses non-professional actors recruited from the Parkersburg, West Virginia / Belpre, Ohio area, where the film was shot. For example, the lead, Debbie Doebereiner, was found working the drive-through window in a Parkersburg KFC.

Bubble was released simultaneously in movie theaters and on the cable/satellite TV network HDNet Movies on January 27, 2006. The DVD was released a few days later on January 31.

It was nominated for Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards.

Bubble is the first of six films Soderbergh planned to shoot and release in the same manner.

The score for the movie was composed by Robert Pollard, who lives in Ohio.[2]

Plot[edit]

The movie is about three people living along the Ohio River who are just able to make ends meet. The first character is Martha (Debbie Doebereiner), a portly middle-aged woman seen getting ready for work and taking care of her elderly father. On the way to work at the doll factory, she picks up a co-worker, Kyle (Dustin James Ashley). He is probably Martha's only friend, as she has to spend most of her time working and taking care of her father. Kyle is a tall young man who is intensely shy and very quiet, although he opens up with Martha. In order to meet demand, the doll factory hires Rose (Misty Dawn Wilkins), an attractive single mother.

Martha appears to dislike Rose from the beginning, perhaps feeling threatened by Kyle's staring at the younger woman. Rose has a two-year old daughter and used to work in a nursing home. Rose irritates Martha by asking her for a ride to her second job. Martha found Rose "pushy" from the beginning.

Rose asks Martha if she would like to make a little extra money, as she has a date and needs a baby-sitter. Martha accepts but frames her response as if she is doing Rose the favor. It is not until Kyle arrives to pick Rose up that Martha learns the identity of Rose's date. Martha later says to Rose that being so surprised made her feel like an idiot.

During the date Kyle and Rose share that they each dropped out of high school, Kyle because of having social anxiety disorder and Rose because she wanted to rebel. Later in the evening, at Kyle's house, Rose sifts through his drawers and steals some cash while Kyle is grabbing a couple of beers to drink. When Kyle drops Rose off at home, he refuses to go inside with her because he felt a "weird vibe" from Martha earlier.

As soon as Rose enters her house, her ex-boyfriend (who is the father of her child) barges in and accuses her of stealing money from his house. They get in a shouting match and he eventually leaves. Martha was sitting on the couch while they argued and after he leaves, she asks Rose if that was her daughter's father. Rose angrily tells her to mind her own business.

The next morning the cops are at Rose's house. They say that the neighbors found her dead when they heard her baby crying. There is no sign of forced entry. Strangulation bruises on her neck suggest that she was murdered. A detective questions Rose's ex-boyfriend and Kyle, who each claim to know nothing about the murder. During this time, Martha is pawning some of her family jewelry in order to afford some fishing equipment as a gift for Kyle. When she arrives at Kyle's house to give him the gift, he tells her of Rose's murder. Surprised, she says she knows nothing. When the detective talks to her, she repeats that.

During follow-up questioning, the detective tells Martha that the fingerprints found around Rose's neck match hers. He tells her to confess, as there can be no doubt as to the murderer's identity. Martha maintains her innocence. As the story progresses, the detective visits Martha's father, who is being cared for by someone else (revealed in the credits to be Martha's niece). When the detective tells Martha's father of her arrest, he is shocked.

Kyle visits Martha in prison. As they sit with a glass wall between them, conversing on telephones, Martha pleads with him to help her. She swears that she doesn't know what happened and that she did not murder Rose. Kyle appears wary of Martha. Later, in her jail cell, she sees herself in a vision standing over Rose's dead body, as she mutters, "Oh my God."

  • Deleted scenes include an alternate ending in which Martha has a CAT scan, which shows she has a severely malignant tumor in her brain. The doctor explains that the tumor could cause blackouts and highly abnormal behavior.

Reception[edit]

Soderbergh was nominated for Best Director at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards for this movie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo: Bubble". 
  2. ^ Olsen, Mark (2006-01-29), "The Indie Boy in the Soundtrack Bubble", New York Times 

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