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Ruby Blue [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Josiane Balasko, Jody Latham, Josef Altin, Jessica Stewart
  • Directors: Jan Dunn
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Guerilla Films
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XOL69A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jack (Bob Hoskins) is consumed by guilt and past regret. He is hated by his son and abused by local youths. The death of his wife leaves Jack lost and alone in his self loathing. Hope arrives in the unlikely form of eight year old, Florrie, when she moves in next door and delights in Jack's neglected racing pigeons, unwittingly rekindling his own love for the birds. When his glamorous French neighbour, Stephanie (Josiane Balasko) takes pity on him, Jack cannot help but fall for her charms. When gradually his innocent friendship with Florrie is thrown into question when the girl goes missing and Stephanie reveals a well kept secret, Jack's life is thrown into turmoil.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kinniburgh Kid on 17 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
It's often a sign of high praise to say a movie has haunted your thoughts days after you saw it. We value art that moves us and makes us think, possibly even changing the way we view the world from that point on.

Well, I'm still thinking about Ruby Blue days after seeing it, but the only change it might bring about in my life is to give up trying to see all of Bob Hoskins' movies. Let me explain.

Bob has been in some of my favourite movies (Mona Lisa, Long Good Friday, Last Orders, Mermaids) and I genuinely admire his apparent willingness to work on low budget British movies, most of which I guess would not get made were he not to lend his name to them. He's even been given awards for this aspect of his latter career. Some of them are brilliant, 24/7 being a stand out example, but Ruby Blue doesn't work.

For a start, it was done on a shoestring and, presumably as a direct result, largely improvised. This lack of rehearsal and tight direction means Bob delivers snippets of several of his previous performances (the mean guy, the geezer, the goofy falling in love guy, etc) which are too broad for the transitions the plot requires in such a compressed time frame.

I say plot, plots is more appropriate. This movie seems to be trying to make up for a limited budget by having so many characters and plot lines that it never gives any of them due time to for development. I was left - and here's why I'm still thinking about it days later - stitching together a longer, possibly better movie in my head.

The ideas and characters deserve longer, probably a four or six part TV mini series. In that sort of time frame each character could evolve at a more believable pace, not flick from one stereotype behaviour to another.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan D. Johnson on 5 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film very much as it was filmed in the county where I live, and the story was good although I thought it was a bit a slow to start with
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By Christine Franks on 25 Oct 2014
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a truly great movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Powerful, Technically Flawed, Wonderful Film 7 Sep 2009
By Daniel G. Lebryk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A low budget, independent film, set in a fishing village in Great Britain. The story is powerful and moving. Bob Hoskins, Josiane Balasko (a fairly well known actress in France), and the young red head girl, Jessica Stewart; all deliver wonderful performances.

This is a somewhat difficult story to describe without giving away much of the discovery in this film. The film looks at tolerance, prejudice, innocence, love, loss, friendship, kindness, and cruelty. All these emotions are wrapped up in marvelous lead characters.

As each charcter is introduced, I had a strong feeling of really loving that character. In the opening montage, Jack played by Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Vista Series), in his younger days looked a little like Phil Collins), meets 4 teenagers sitting on the curb drinking and littering. He yells at them, one throws his beer can at Jack. Jack picks up the can and throws it in the trash. I immediately love Jack because he tells these kids to go do something worthwhile and stop littering. Florrie, (Jessica Stewart), is just the cutest sweetest innocent little girl. She tells Jack that he doesn't smell good; saying it without emotion or hate, just factually. I love her because she so purely says what she is thinking. Stepahnie, (Josiane Balasko), sees that Jack is not taking very good care of himself. She decides as a good neighbor to cook him a meal. An act of kindness with absolutely no need for reward, I immediately loved her. Ian sees Jack's pigeons for the first time, and sees some kind of connection with them; maybe it's because they fly away but always come back. He shows empathy for the birds. I cared so much for each of these characters.

Caring for these characters was reinforced by the people that surround them or take care of them. Ian has the most horrendous evil mother, and slacker friends. Florrie's mother leaves her at the drop of a hat with Jack while she goes off and does other things, maybe work, maybe do other things - all told it's irresponsible parenting. Jack's son can't forgive him for things in the past, and won't let him see his grandchildren. Stephanie is the only person that has a wonderful supportive daughter, but she is not a key peripheral character.

From the start I was hooked by these characters. The film is just a wonderful study of how people respond when faced with adversity, prejudice, and ignorance.

From a film standpoint, there is a lot to be desired. The film stock is very grainy. The film has an overall gray feel to it. There are more than just a few out of focus shots. Editing isn't always perfect. There are a few moments where the director chose to fade to black, without a solid connection to the story line. My guess, they didn't have the shots necessary to make a visible transition. The music is somewhat overbearing. There's a deep bass / drum line that appears when the story turns ominous, a fairly heavy handed technique. KT Tunstall's opening song is wonderful. The dialog isn't always crystal clear, not because of the British accent, but it wasn't recorded properly.

All that said, technically this film may not be good. The story and character development overpower all those technical deficiencies and make this an excellent film.

Please don't read this paragraph if you are going to watch this film. It does contain reference to some plot elements you might want to discover yourself. I present the following for a parent trying to decide who should watch this film, since it is unrated. I have a very hard time rating this film. There is no real violence - oh a few people get punched in a fight, but its not the same violence in a lot of films anymore. There is absolutely no nudity, or even suggestion of nudity. There is no sex in the film, there's a moment with Stephanie and Jack, but the camera cuts long before anything happens. There is a fair amount of drinking in the film, and that is also addressed carefully. (Now you've been warned, I've tried to write long enough to avert your eyes so you won't get the next part unless you want to know) The film has a lot of strong language, there's probably a good 50 f-bombs, but all said with that British accent, it's not as clear. There are a good dozen c-bombs, said very clearly. The tough part (you were warned OK) is the conversation about transsexuals and pedophiles. It is a major plot element, major major elements. Does that make this film an R rated movie? In Europe this film would probably get an all audiences rating. I think it is such an excellent film that certain mature young viewers could easily watch. In fact the film would generate a lot of discussion afterwards. The discussion would be about tolerance, and prejudice; not about those other two topics. So for a mature 13 or 14 year old, this film would possibly work. But parents you have to know your child well, and should watch it along with them. So end of any possible spoilers.

The DVD is a simple one. An awful preview of some horrible movie that should have never seen the light of day. And the movie. That's it. There is are a few moments of French with English subtitles. The translation is very good. There are a few moments where the French is not translated, but these are not key plot moments.

I loved this technically flawed film. I loved the chemistry between all these characters. The film was believable. You can feel Jack's pain in the loss of his wife. I could see Jack change as the film moved forward. I cared a lot about what happened to every one of these four characters. This film reminds me of another older movie, and I cannot put my finger on the title.
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By Only-A-Child - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
As there is little useful information here about Jan Dunn's low budget melodrama, "Ruby Blue", I will throw out a few observations. The title is a reference to the racing pigeon that much of the story revolves around. Note that the title line in the promotional material incorporates a silhouette of the bird.

The promotional material would lead you to believe that this is a children's film with Bob Hoskins (Jack) and Jessica Stewart (Florrie) having a lot of "Bad Bascomb" (1946) moments in the tradition of Wallace Beery and Margaret O'Brien. They do have some scenes together, the most effective and least contrived segments of the film, but the cute-kid-as-a-redeemer is more side story than central focus. Despite the misleading marketing material there is little here that would appeal to children. Dunn's script is filled out with a host of tedious characters and subplots that detail the life of a depressed widower (Hopkins). Imagine Michelangelo Antonioni expanding the short film "Wasp" (2003) into a 112-minute feature length non-judgmental examination of working-class suburban living.

According to the back of its DVD case, "Ruby Blue" (2001) is "an uplifting journey" and "a warmly human story about life and love". As portrayed here that journey is mostly dull and boring. Hoskins' performance makes it all tolerable as this makes the story seem deeper than it really is; unfortunately this just causes viewers to focus on the missed opportunity as the naturalistic script gives Hoskins so little to work with.

The ending (if you can manage to hang on till then) is a little too tidy, you can't help thinking back on scenes that if cut would have left room for a more convincing resolution. But this was probably quite deliberate as Dunn may want to show that a neighborhood has the capacity to come together to help someone, then instantly turn on him when their paranoia kicks in, and then just as quickly back off and become nice again.

No doubt the film would do a much better job of connecting with viewers if the poor audio did not obliterate much of the dialogue. A closed captioning feature on the DVD would have been an obvious solution but they skimped and did not include it. The French scenes are subtitled and therefore easier to follow.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a very different, very rewarding film 18 July 2009
By AIROLF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Bob Hoskins is fantastic as Jack, a man who lost the will to live and can't figure out a way to carry on until he reaches out to the children of his community who need him. In keeping a neighborhood boy from trouble by allowing him to look after his pigeons and by babysitting a neighborhood girl, Jack restores his live to live and even finds love in the least likeliest of places. The film underscore what it means to be human - to be prosecuted at the same time as to do your own prosecuting, to have your own prejudices and to be prejudiced against, but most importantly, it teaches us that living our lives in the way we want, for our sake, is the best way to go about things.
"Another Family film to add to my Collection" 3 Sep 2014
By velly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This was a well acted movie, especially by the young actress, playing the title character. See this movie is exactly why I like to collect these type of movies. I love family movies, particularly when it's a good story.
This brings back a lot of my childhood I missed. So i'll continue to find movies like this. My goal is to reach 1000 movies total in my collection.
Thanks to Amazon for having it available .
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