Laura Smiles (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Laura Smiles
Ms. Wright and all her acting colleagues provide very persuasive performances amid the shifting perspectives of Mr. Ruscio's convoluted storytelling.
Ruscio would rather add forced narrative complications than get to the actual core of what he's tossing out there, the sacrifices made in the name of relationships, dreams dashed or discarded.
It casts an increasingly hypnotic spell, thanks in no small measure to Wright - a fearless actress (and the real-life wife of writer-director Ruscio) who brings this sometimes despicable, often heartbreaking character to life with every atom of her being.
Could have used much more of the sly and subtle humor that only occasionally pops up.
Audience Reviews for Laura Smiles
[font=Century Gothic]In "Laura Smiles," Laura(Petra Wright) seems to be the perfect housewife living in suburbia. She is married to Mark(Mark Derwin), a kind insurance executive, and mother to an eight-year old boy. But something is missing...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Nine years before, she had been an actress in off-off-Broadway plays, engaged to a writer, Chris(Kip Pardue), who had just completed his first novel. Then, tragedy struck...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Laura Smiles" is an intriguing movie about how the perfect life may not be perfect for everyone. The film's structure reflects how much the lead character is disconnected, as she lives her life partially in the past when she was happiest. In the present, Laura is sleepwalking, passing as happy to everyone around her.[/font]
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