Frances Fisher basically plays the mother role that Barbara Stanwyck played in the 1953 Titanic film. Both actresses were in their mid-forties and both characters they played always gave those looks whether disapproving or not. Ruth (Frances Fisher) is portrayed as unsympathetic at times while Julia (Barbara Stanwyck) is portrayed as sympathetic. I think Barbara Stanwyck was much better and especially when she was out in the life boat looking out at the ship, she showed more emotion compared to Frances Fisher who seems (when there are shots of her looking out at the ship sinking) to be emotionless. She's looking at something which is suppose to be the Titanic sinking but there doesn't seem to be the genuine emotion that Barbara Stanwyck showed in the 53 film. The scene in the 53 film when Julia is given her sons gloves and she looks out at the ship, she has tears in her eyes. She really does care that her son is on board, her words "Oh, Norman, my poor little boy". While with Frances Fisher the first shot you see of her character Ruth sitting in the life boat next to Molly Brown (who says "now there's something you don't see every day) she doesn't even show anything really, her expression and the later ones are pretty much blank. Like she doesn't care that her daughter is on board. Now I know that these are two different films, two different actresses but the characters they play are very similar.