‘Middle of Nowhere’ Explores How Women Lose Themselves in Love

January 11, 2012  |  

So many films portray love as though it’s something you can’t control, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay didn’t want to go that route with her new movie, “Middle of Nowhere.” She says the film, which explores how a woman’s love is changed after her husband is sent to prison for eight years, is “a love story about love as choice.”

“I wanted to explore a love story where the balance had shifted,” DuVernay says. “You know, when you’re in a relationship and you look up and wonder, How did I get here? How am I now this person I don’t recognize?

That question is certainly central to this story as Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) struggles to adjust to her husband (Omari Hardwick) being locked up, forcing her to drop out of medical school to manage her strained marriage—and that is just the beginning of her hardships.

DuVernay says the entire production team went to special lengths to develop the perfect imagery and vibe for the film—helping to tell the narrative, which in itself isn’t particularly unique, in a new way.

“Our cinematographer Bradford Young and I wanted to dive into the edge of the image and play with contrast and shadow with brown skin,” she says. “How far could we push and stay true to the narrative? The music was similar. What’s on the edge? Our music supervisor Morgan Rhodes dug through the crates for songs and sounds outside of traditional R&B and hip hop, but still soulful. Me’Shell Nedegeocello, Goapele, Ra-Re Valverde, Fink, Jimi James — artists I’ve been listening to forever and whom I love. Just beautiful music by brave musicians who are pushing the genre.”

The film will debut at the Sundance Festival Jan. 20 and is already sold out to waitlist room only. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.

Have you ever wondered how you ended up in a certain place mentally or physically with a past relationship?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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