Ruby in Paradise
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Florida-based independent filmmaker Victor Nuņez gave young actress Ashley Judd her breakthrough role with his original script about a woman taking to the road to escape her past and forge a new future for herself. Feeling smothered and confused after the death of her mother, Ruby Lee Gissing flees her Tennessee home. She drives south to the panhandle of Florida, because she has always dreamed of living near the ocean. Mildred Chambers (Dorothy Lyman), the owner of a souvenir shop, hires her as a clerk and befriends Ruby as well. Soon, there are two men in Ruby's life: Mike McCaslin (Todd… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nunez's best film to date--The nominal plot is less important than the sharp observation of how a young woman in crisis (Ashley Judd at the top of her form) deals with life's inevitable frustrations until she reaches inner quietness."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Focuses on the inner life of one sensitive young woman as she ponders the meaning of love, loneliness, fear, intimacy and independence."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Judd shines like the movie star she was destined to become."
‑ Beth Jones, Roanoke Times (Virginia)
"Judd is a most appealing performer with great screen presence. Here is your chance to see a genuine rising star in the early stages of her career."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A great film about a woman running from her life and inadvertantly finding it."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
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