Middle of Nowhere
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Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Middle of Nowhere follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery - caught between two worlds and two men in the search… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film remarkably true to life's haphazard rhythms."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Though writer-director Ava DuVernay avoids any and all cliché right up until the closing titles, I have no qualms ending this review with one: I wholeheartedly look forward to her next project."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"An intimate, confidently directed and superbly acted humanistic drama utterly at home in the subtle push-and-pull of long-standing family tensions and arguments."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"The fine acting between the two leads is filled with determination and passion for their characters."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Made by a black American woman, about a black American woman, it's a study of a culture where the matriarchs are strong by necessity and trapped by circumstance - adrift in the middle of nowhere."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"This film is about a particular African-American experience, true, but it's also about the human experience. It will haunt you. It should."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An imperfect film about devotion and crumbling self-respect. Emayatzy Corinealdi is fantastic."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The title Middle of Nowhere refers to Ruby's state of being as well as the location of the prison where Derek is incarcerated."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"It's so real we can't help but smile."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"[A] hushed, tenderly observant drama about a young woman trying to do right by herself and her marriage while her husband is in prison."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A sluggish enterprise, not measured or languorous or full of detail, but plodding, with scenes that run too long and others that are unnecessary."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Poignant drama explores the world of dilemmas of a Los Angeles woman who cares for her imprisoned husband while struggling to keep her true self afloat. Director Ava DuVerney is a fresh female voice, with a sharp point of view."
‑ Tomris Laffly, Film Journal International
"This is a very effective and moving film, which is remarkable given the film's microscopic budget and 20-day shooting schedule."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A simple but affecting slice-of-life drama."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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