Rambling Rose (1991)

MARTHA COOLIDGE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1991.  , .  Screenplay by , based on his book.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.  Independent Spirit Awards 1991.  National Board of Review Awards 1991.  New York Film Critics Awards 1991.  

Gorgeous, touching film about a Southern family in the 1930s whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of Rose (Laura Dern), a so-called “loose” woman with a real heart of gold.  Dern is perfectly cast in the delightful title role, and her real-life mother Diane Ladd is brilliant as the matriarch of the conservative clan who does everything in her power to make sure that the ignorant and self-righteous men around her don’t harm the charming and “rambling” girl. Director Martha Coolidge has made a light and delicious Southern delicacy on par with Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes that is never less than totally enjoyable.

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