The Tale Of Ruby Rose

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This is a gorgeously envisioned film about a woman's perilous trip through both her subconscious and the highlands of Tasmania in 1933. Jurisic lives in the rugged, remote highlands with her stoic Welsh immigrant husband, Haywood, and Zuanic, a homeless boy who has become a member of their family. The men snare and skin wallabies and opossums--though Zuanic...read more

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This is a gorgeously envisioned film about a woman's perilous trip through both her subconscious and the highlands of Tasmania in 1933. Jurisic lives in the rugged, remote highlands with her stoic Welsh immigrant husband, Haywood, and Zuanic, a homeless boy who has become a member of their

family. The men snare and skin wallabies and opossums--though Zuanic has anything but the killer instinct--and Jurisic keeps the home fires burning. Years before, Haywood came to work on Jurisic's father's farm in the valley. They fell in love, but her father opposed their marriage. The

scandalized couple thus moved to the highland wilderness. Haywood returns to the valley to trade, but Jurisic has never gone back. Although she functions contentedly in the daytime, Jurisic is terrified of the dark, convinced that it brings evil and death. She has pieced together her own religion

based on the struggle between light and darkness. Barely literate, she has compiled a scrapbook "bible" consisting of her own rudimentary writings and illustrations from books and cards sent to her by the grandmother she hardly knows. She recites a litany of her own creation and uses candles and

white powder to ward off evil. However, she is convinced that they are no longer protecting her. One day Haywood and Zuanic depart to check their traps, leaving Jurisic alone, frightened, and haunted by the nightmarish vision of the attack of a snapping creature. Looking for answers and help, she

begins a dangerous journey down to the valley. Beginning with its sweeping flight through the snow-covered highlands, the cinematography of THE TALE OF RUBY ROSE is stunning. Director Scholes and cinematographer Mason continually employ inventive camera placement and movement, and the rocky

highlands and verdant valleys are spectacular. Just as important and nearly as well rendered is Jurisic's internal landscape. Scholes' film is a kind of psychological mystery. The audience should be able to guess early on that a traumatic experience is at the root of Jurisic's paranoia, but

Scholes' accomplishment is the way he captures the details that lead to her self-discovery.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
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