Director: Bess Wohl Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 2023
Starring: Jayne Atkinson, Kit Harington, Meredith Hagner, Noémie Merlant, Reed Birney
Baby Ruby tells the story of Jo, a successful lifestyle entrepreneur who is happily pregnant, awaiting the arrival of her first child. But soon after Jo welcomes baby Ruby home, something starts to feel off–even though she’s assured it’s all perfectly normal. Is something wrong with her? Is something wrong with Ruby? And why are the seemingly perfect neighborhood moms so desperate to befriend her? As Jo fights to protect herself and her baby, she is plunged into a waking fever dream where everyone is a threat and nothing is what it seems. At last, she must confront the truth of her own darkness and contend with the ultimate human sacrifice: The one mothers make for their children.
Bess Wohl is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actress whose plays include Grand Horizons, Small Mouth Sounds, and the book for the musical Pretty Filthy with composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and The Civilians. Bess Wohl is well known for her portrayal of characters throughout various television series. Wohl began her television acting career with roles in the series “Law & Order” (1990-2010), “Cold Case” (CBS, 2003-2010) and “CSI: New York” (CBS, 2004-2013). In the early stages of her Hollywood career, Wohl held acting roles in films like “Starving Artists” (1999). Baby Ruby is her feature directing debut film.
“Baby Ruby is a fervently uncomfortable and aesthetically compelling depiction of new motherhood, an unsettling horror exploration buoyed by strange imagery and a no-holds-barred lead performance from Noémie Merlant.” ~ Hattie Lindert, AV Club