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Nine years ago Laura (Petra Wright) was a vivacious aspiring actress engaged to a talented young writer, and her smile came easily. Now, after her fiance's senseless death in a car accident she's married to a middle-class insurance man, has a young son, and is living the perfect soccer-mom lifestyle. But the mundane suburban landscape she drives through daily is vapid, her dreams are forever troubled by images of the car crash that took her lover's life, and she looks wistfully unhappy just tossing a salad for the family dinner. When her husband complains they haven't had sex for a month, she services him as if it were just another boring household chore. Laura soon grows distracted, withdrawn, and dissatisfied, so she tries therapy. That journey leads her to embark on an affair with a neighbor who also knows personal tragedy, and that liberating turn of events inspires her to return to the stage and her acting career. Will Laura choose her family? Will she choose her career? Can Laura reconcile the two? What about her lover and her husband, who just may be a philanderer himself?
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[LAURA] | 2005 | 98 | Narrative Feature
Foreign Title: (Laura Smiles)
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Jason Ruscio spent most of his youth moving between small trailer park towns from Virginia to Michigan, a unique foundation for his later years at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There, Ruscio graduated with honors and received the Excellence in Filmmaking Award. His first short, Jonathan, was a finalist at the NYU Film Festival and won several awards. After premiering at the Telluride Film Festival, eclipse, Ruscio's NYU thesis film, won many festival awards, including top prize at both the Student Academy Awards and the Independent Film Channel Student Showcase Awards. Since then, Ruscio has written screenplays, directed theater productions, and
several music videos, including "Friends of P." for The Rentals, which was a "Buzz Clip" on MTV. Ruscio's recently-finished
feature, Sam & Joe, has shown widely and received many of the top prizes at this year's Method Fest.