"Julianne Moore at her best. Definitely an Oscar worthy performance."
Todd Haynes previously known from Velvet Goldmine and Safe (which also starred Moore) wrote and directed Far From Heaven. He assembled a fabulous team of artists for this movie which uses color and light the way they were meant to be used. Every character has a color palette all their own. It was like stepping into a 1950s fantasy world. This film is award worthy for the sheer technical aspects of it. But guess what? The story is great too. It tackles some pretty hard hitting issues as well; Racism, Homosexuality and a woman’s place within her family.Far From Heaven tells the tale of the Whitaker Family. Cathy (Julianne Moore) and Frank (Dennis Quaid) are Mr and Mrs Magnatech. The quintessencial 1950s family an all American ideal. Then one day whilst being the oh so caring wife Cathy decides to bring Frank dinner because he is working late at the office. Uh oh not such a good idea - she finds him kissing another man. Tossing her tupperware and flinging her skirts to the wind, Cathy runs and wonders what to do now.
Frank attempts therapy, while Cathy becomes a little too friendly with their black gardener Raymond Deagan (24's Dennis Haysbert). She even GASP goes so far as to be seen in public with him. Big mistake, the town gossip spys Cathy and Raymond going into a typically 'black' diner/bar and soon spreads the word all over town. Cathy can't even bring herself to confide in her bestfriend Eleanor Fine (Patricia Clarkson) about her troubled marriage or her blossoming friendship with Raymond.
Frank and Cathy try everything to revive their failing marriage even a trip to Miami, where Frank ends up in the arms of another man. It all comes to a head at a cocktail party where Frank has a little too much of the hooch and lets his tongue get the best of him.It's interesting to note that the townsfolk are more accepting of Frank's homosexual urges, than they are of Cathy befriending a man of color. Oddly enough that's what makes this film so beautiful COLOR. Haynes did a fabulous job and I for one will be purchasing the DVD and rooting Julianne Moore on at the Oscars!
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2002 Vancouver Film Festival. For more in the 2002 Vancouver Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.