Far From Heaven details
|Starring:||Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Haysbert, James Rebhorn, Viola Davis, Dennis Quaid, Julianne Moore|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
Far From Heaven
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Sep 2003|
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Quite close to heaven actually!By Rob from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England , 18 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Classy, wonderfully shot film, I really enjoyed it and it made me think. The themes of the trapped woman, suppressed sexuality and inter racial relationships were certainly around in the 50's just beneath the surface. What it made me think was that it could also be a comment on the here and now because despite the rhetoric of politicians I think many people still hold these views and in 2004 that is a very bad thing. So watch it and then think about how many people you know who are just as bigoted today.
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Heard it was good - it isn't.By StefGB (4 reviews) from Leicester , 19 Jul 2011This film seemed more like a made for TV movie than one for cinema release. I read that it had been oscar nominated but I've no idea for what reason. Perhaps it was 'best use of 50's pastel shades in a living room scene'.
I found the script trite and unconvincing, with the situations the characters found themselves in entirely implausible as a result. The music was far too loud and overbearing and at times entirely inappropriate for the scene. Julianne Moore made the most of a largely thankless role but Dennis Quaid as a repressed homosexual was poor, especially his over dramatic 'breakdown' scene. Some scenes were of such soap operaesque quality I half expected JR Ewing to walk into shot.
Note to filmakers. Do not put 'The End' on the screen. I know it's the end, I am quite capable of recognising when a story has run its course and the credits are about to appear.
A Fifties MelodramaBy insomniac (93 reviews) from Malvern , 27 Jun 2011The repressed society of 50s America, the unequal relationship between the sexes, racial and homophobic prejudice - these are the themes of the film. Unfortunately I did not feel the style of the film, which was itself a pastiche of 50s films, was sufficiently subtle to do them justice.
It was hard to take the story or the performances seriously. However, it is an interesting and well made film with some beautiful photographic effects so worth watching.
Melodrama with an edgeBy antiquated (6 reviews) from Oxford, England , 19 Jun 2011As I watched this film I couldn't help compare it to Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows, both visually (there's no mistaking the comparisons; the opening shot is identical) and in the plot (the two central characters Cathy and Cary are leading parallel lives). The social issues however have changed we've moved on from class to race and sexuality.
This is melodrama, but it has a hard edge. We see a group of people bound by the rules of the society they live in. These people are trapped and lack the power to stand up for what they believe is right.
Looks pretty, classy actors but...By a customer from Windsor , 07 Feb 2011...I found it to be predictable and cliched. The issues it covers about prejudice in 1950s America are important but it didn't set me alight.
A truly great film and a modern classic of the highest orderBy Daniel Pollard from Manchester, England , 11 Nov 2010David Lynch demonstrated so darkly in Blue Velvet that there are disturbing and evil forces behind the ubiquitous white picket fences of middle-class America. Far From Heaven has the same message; that beyond the well-kept gardens and lawns of Hartford Connecticut, is a seedy underbelly of casual racism, homophobia and the failure of the American dream. Dennis Quaid plays a character similar to Don Draper in Mad Men; hes a TV commercials salesman working on the glamorous Madison Avenue, he has a beautiful family and hes completely in control of his life, or so we think. His breakup with his wife, beautifully played as usual by Julianne Moore, draws some parallels with Richard Yates cult Revolutionary Road novel and the breakdown of his characters relationship. Like Yatess novels, there isnt an easy way out and as such, the ending isnt happy or sentimental, but its pitched perfectly. Nothing is over-wrought like the colour saturated 1950s American melodramas Todd Haynes has been influenced by. He hasnt simply parodied these films, hes transcended them and bought the issues only slightly touched upon to the surface, attacking them full on. The autumnal setting, with its brilliant colour palette of deep reds, browns, yellows and oranges adds to the huge delight of this wonderful film.
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