Synopsis by Mark Deming
A pair of outsiders in a small Southern town find themselves in unexpectedly hot water in the black comedy Rose's. Rose (Leslie France) was born to Italian-American parents in New Jersey before relocating to a small town in Georgia, where her husband sells cars and she runs a flower shop (named, appropriately enough, Rose's). However, Rose is too high strung and too much the New Jersey native to ever feel truly at home in the South. In addition, her business is not doing well and her husband isn't even trying to be discreet about his infidelity. One day, Rose's anger gets the better of her and she kills her husband, dragging the body to the walk-in cooler in her shop until she can figure out what to do with it. Just when she's desperately in need of some help, into her store strolls Willyum (Wayne DeHart), a sometime blues singer and ex-convict who has just gotten out of prison and is looking for work. Taking care of dead bodies when you're not busy with flowers is not the sort of occupation the average parolee is looking for, and Willyum is no exception, but he needs a job to get back in his wife's good graces, so he reluctantly agrees. Rose's also features supporting performances from Sylvia Miles as Rose's mother-in-law and Glenn Shadix as the town's rather unusual sheriff.
flower-vendor, marital-problems, murder, small-town, south, extramarital-affair