Steven Soderbergh returns to his indie roots with this tightly crafted drama about three members of America's working poor. Martha (Debbie Doebereiner) is a chipper woman nearing middle age, living with her father, and working at a doll factory. Every day, she picks up her younger co-worker (Dustin James Ashley), with whom she eats lunch while they discuss virtually nothing. Trouble arrives in the form of Rose (Misty Dawn Wilkins), an attractive young woman who begins work at the factory. When the manager introduces Rose to the tiny staff, Martha's face is a map of masked misery and alarm: She faces losing her only friend (and, we suspect, crush). Bubble is a strong film with a gorgeously minimal script by Coleman Hough (Full Frontal). Soderbergh has directed his novice actors to perfection, so that they're indistinguishable from their roles. And, though the story resorts to sensationalism for its conflict, the film is eloquent in its portrayal of silence, depression, repression, denial, and the woes of the midwestern white working class.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban
Cast: Debbie Doebereiner, Dustin James Ashley, Misty Dawn Wilkins, Omar Cowan, Laurie Lee, David Hubbard, Kyle Smith, Decker Moody and Steve Deem