Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #42 Far From Heaven

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Movie #42 Far From Heaven

(2002, US, d. Todd Haynes)

Far From Heaven was a very interesting viewing: It’s a modern movie made completely in the vein of a 50’s movie. Every font, shot, and piece of dialogue was fashioned like an old black and white film. Even the music reflected the time. However, the sensibility towards the subject (homosexuality and Blacks) was anything but. It’s a melodramatic picture about the friendship a White woman finds in her Black gardener after discovering her husband with another man. Despite the thematic content, it actually was a pleasant watch and Todd Haynes’ colorful vision for the film definitely showed. The performances of the three leads (Julianne Moore as the wife, Dennis Quaid as her husband, and Dennis Haysbert from 24 fame as the gardener) should all be noted.


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