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Ruby Blue


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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Josiane Balasko, Jody Latham, Josef Altin, Jessica Stewart
  • Directors: Jan Dunn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinequest
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UTXAW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ruby Blue delivers an uplifting journey: one man rekindles his passion for life with the help of an alluring French neighbor and an inquisitive young girl. Jack (Academy Award® nominee and BAFTA winner Bob Hoskins of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa) faces a time of loss and personal challenge until a ray of sunshine arrives in the unlikely form of eight-year-old Florrie. When she moves in next door delighting in Jack's neglected racing pigeons, she unwittingly renews his own love for the birds. Meanwhile, his glamorous French neighbor, Stephanie (screen legend Josiane Balasko of Absolutely Fabulous) takes pity on him and Jack cannot help but fall for her charms. Just when things seemed to get brighter, Jack s innocent friendship with Florrie comes under question when the girl goes missing and Stephanie reveals a well kept secret. Once again he finds his life in turmoil. When his son and Stephanie come to his defense amidst the local mob mentality, Jack redeems himself with a heartfelt plea that exposes his own prejudices. He fights to win back Stephanie's love. Two original songs by music star KT Tunstall underscore the film s passions and charm.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 6, 2009
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.
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By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on August 18, 2010
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AIROLF VINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
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.
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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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