|Starring:||Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley, Susan Norman, Julianne Moore|
|Genre:||Drama - Romantic|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Oct 2003|
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PeerlessBy Al80 (59 reviews) from Brighton, England , 08 Aug 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Todd Haynes' cold, hard allegorical horror movie is a masterpiece. Ostensibly telling the story of an over-privileged Los Angeles housewife who slowly becomes allergic to living in the 20th century, this deceptive, slow-burning tale has been taken by many to be a metaphorical AIDS parable. Although it works, quite brilliantly, on that level, the suggestion that the focal illness is nothing more than psychosis, brought about by the complete lack of significance in the affluent, robotic, Stepford-esque set of scheduled routines that Carol (Julianne Moore) calls her life, is a far richer and more compelling interpretation. Regardless, subtext is not essential to the film's success, as it works quite wonderfully with or without it. Haynes' flourishes, particularly in the opening 40 minutes, are astonishing; the clinical, disengaged long-shot camerawork makes the whole film seem as if it is being viewed from a laboratory; the queasy, ever-present hum of air conditioning units and distant road traffic on the soundtrack during the interior sequences, vividly create a world rammed to the ceilings with potential disease; and the use of bland, almost lavatorial industrialized inner-city locations not only highlights everyone's complete separation from nature, but also visualises Carol's complete social and psychological isolation. The haunting, retro electronic score (which wouldn't sound out of place in an early Romero picture) is both aptly synthetic and quietly chilling, and Julianne Moore as the delicate, waspish Carol, gives absolutely nothing less than the performance of a lifetime. If all this sounds high-minded and conceited, its not; this is pure, resplendent cinema, and one of the defining films of its decade. It is, quite possibly, also the finest.
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Very slowBy a customer , 05 Aug 2011This has to be the slowest film I have ever watched. I kept waiting for it to start....... seriously tedious
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Don't botherBy a customer , 24 May 2011The one star is awarded for the only good thing about this film. Julianne Moore. Painfully slow to watch, waitied patiently for the story to develop or something interesting to happen, but waited in vain.
True movie styleBy englishtlady (30 reviews) from Whyteleafe , 22 Feb 2011If you like true movies then you will enjoy this film. Not the best quality film I have seen but an intriguing film all the same. I didn't think I would like it, as I'm a true horror fan, but this is strange & interesting.
Julienne Moore's charactor is a little irritating with the way speaks & her attitude at first, but she changes as the movie progresses, as I believe anyone would faced with an illness no-one believes in.
One thing I will say is, she's very lucky to be an American & rich enough to afford the treatments she gets. In England you would just get locked up in a mental institution & then be surprised when you died.
LongBy a customer from Herts , 25 Jan 2011Felt a bit dated and slow, had to skip I'm afraid...
A cure for insomniaBy Gnome from Glasgow , 02 Nov 2010Nice house. Good looking family. She seems a bit detached. Goodness knows what his first wife was like. She isn't very well. Exhaust fumes aren't helping either. Doctor can't help. (pause and make a cup of tea) Goes to a new age sort of group. Husband is tolerant but you can see he is getting a bit fed up. (pause and get chocolate biscuit) Goes to new age sort of group farm in the desert for therapy. Still not getting better. Told to learn to love herself. Goes into a bubble. Looks in mirror and say I love you. Husband and son still very tolerant. After over two hours of tolerant husband and ill wife, film ends. Go to bed and sleep at last.