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Led by a magnetic performance from Ashley Judd, the gently subdued Ruby in Paradise perceptively captures one woman's journey of self-discovery. Read critic reviews

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Ruby Lee Gissing (Ashley Judd) is on the run, determined to find something better than the closed rough life in the mountains of East Tennessee. She flees to a place once visited as a child, the "Redneck Riviera" of Panama City Beach. Arriving during the off-season, Ruby finds work in a gift shop owned by Mildred Chambers (Dorothy Lyman). Always on an emotional and economic edge, Ruby begins to keep a journal, "trying to figure out the whys of running off, of coming here." Ruby's desire to find her own way, to make her own choices, to explore her appetites in her own good time, gets her in and out of trouble as she moves through Winter into the frantic madness of Spring Break and beyond. The resolution of Ruby's journey is both unexpected and hopeful as Ruby indeed finds her own way in "paradise."

Cast & Crew

Ashley Judd
Ruby Lee Gissing
Todd Field
Mike McCaslin
Bentley Mitchum
Ricky Chambers
Allison Dean
Rochelle Bridges
Dorothy Lyman
Mildred Chambers
Betsy Douds
Debrah Ann
Divya Satia
Indian Singer
Victor Nunez
Director
Victor Nunez
Screenwriter
Sam Gowan
Executive Producer
Alex Vlacos
Cinematographer
Victor Nunez
Film Editor
Charles Engstrom
Original Music
Todd Field
Original Music
John Iacovelli
Production Design
Burton Rencher
Art Direction
Marilyn Wall-Asse
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  • Jul 09, 2011
    One of the best evocations of smalltown living, capturing the mundane emptiness and the yearning for more from life. Ashley Judd is really great in this as Ruby trying to find a way to break free from her retail sales & trailer park existence.
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