Ruby in Paradise

Metro Pulse

DIRECTED BY: Victor Nunez

REVIEWED: 01-25-99

Victor Nunez's deceptively low-key indie drama isn't about much—a young woman moves to Florida, finds a job in a gift shop, thinks about life. But in its appreciation of the mundane, the film achieves something close to poetry. It's helped immensely by Ashley Judd in the lead, who conveys Ruby's modest ambitions and uncertainties with effortless grace. A few scenes—like one set in an industrial laundromat—say more about working life in America than a dozen Michael Moore diatribes.

--Jesse Fox Mayshark

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