Bubble

  • 90'
  • USA
  • 2005
What has got into one of the most respected and successful film makers in Hollywood (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) to make a film that may well best be described (without wanting to being insulting - on the contrary) as an amateur film? Or maybe as an anti-Hollywood film? A film without stars. A film without sensation and glitter. And a social-realistic film to boot, showing a contemporary America rarely seen in American films (with the exception of documentaries). The film was shot on location in Ohio - hardly an economically thriving state. The region gives a concrete face to the phenomenon 'economic depression'. The three leading roles are played by amateurs, which serves to increase the authenticity of the location. They work in a doll factory, the like of which you would not expect to find outside Asia. The unmistakable message is: that won't last very long. But alongside the economic realism, Bubble also tells a dramatic murder story. This makes the last part of the film a real whodunit, contrasting starkly with the build-up at the start of the film. However, Bubble does not finally unfold in the classic way. Bubble is a small film with grand ambitions, albeit implicitly. It demonstrates the desire of a great film maker to keep the cinematographic language fresh. (GjZ)
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2005
Festival Edition
IFFR 2006
Length
90'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
HDNet International, Greg Jacobs
Sales
2929 International
Screenplay
Coleman Hough
Cinematography
Peter Andrews
Editor
Mary Ann Bernard
Sound Design
Larry Blake
Music
Robert Pollard
Cast
Debbie Doebereiner, Dustin Ashley
Local Distributor
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment (oud)