Have you seen Far From Heaven?

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    Aug 05, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    I recently switched cable providers and was searching around for something to watch one night and came upon this movie, "Far From Heaven". I'd never heard of it before and it came out in 2002. It was a fascinating movie about homosexuality, marriage, and race in the 1950's. And the acting by Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Dennis Haysbert was excellent.

    Here's the plot summary from the IMDB, "Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives."

    And a clip from YouTube.
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    Aug 06, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Yes, it was an amazing movie!
  • scorpiodncr

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    Aug 06, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    Great movie. Love Julianne. Lust Dennis.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 06, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    Yup, I saw this. Great homage to Douglas Sirk.
  • hdurdinr

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    Aug 06, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    Love Julianne Moore - she is one of my favorite actresses
  • calibro

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    Aug 06, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    hdurdinr saidLove Julianne Moore - she is one of my favorite actresses


    agreed, she pwned that movie
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    Aug 06, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    one of my top 10 movies. Julianne is a goddess, and the total production is amazing.
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    Aug 06, 2010 4:45 AM GMT
    I loved her in this movie and The Hours that came out in the same year. She was fantastic.
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    Aug 06, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    Yes, I saw it when it was in theatres. Excellent film, one of my all-time favorites.
  • drypin

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    Aug 06, 2010 10:28 AM GMT
    Nice atmosphere as well as the performances. Just lent it to a friend.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Aug 06, 2010 11:38 AM GMT
    bigeasydude saidI loved her in this movie and The Hours that came out in the same year. She was fantastic.

    She was so excellent in both, that year she was nominated for Lead Actress for Far From Heaven and Supporting Actress for The Hours. That's how good she is. Unfortunately, she didn't win either.

    This was a great movie! Don't forget Patricia Clarkson, she was awesome in this one too!
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    Aug 06, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
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    This was a great movie! Don't forget Patricia Clarkson, she was awesome in this one too![/quote]

    yeah, i believe patricia clarkson actually did get best supporting for that role. she was great, but then she always is. and, oh, do i love ms. moore!!!! she's just incredible.
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    Aug 06, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    I thought that the movie was so beautiful to watch that it could be seen with the sound off as if you were looking at a 'live' painting.

    There were so many brilliant aspects from the standpoint of production (beyond story and acting which were superb) that this is one of my all time favorite movies.
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    Aug 06, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
    Loved it.

    Julianne Moore was phenomenal in it.
  • rnch

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    Aug 06, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    Dennis Quaid was a cute 20-something, now a mature-sexy 50-something. icon_cool.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 20, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    I love Julianne Moore! If you liked "Far From Heaven" and "The Hours" you should definitely peek "A Single Man." She and Colin Firth do an excellent job as dear friends once lovers. He's gay, she's estranged from her husband. She knows Firth's character is gay but she's still in love him. This movie surprisingly is similar to "The Hours" in a way. "A man whole life in a single day. Just one day. And in that day his whole life."


    By the by, In "The Hours", I always almost cry when Laura Brown (Juilanne Moore) is sitting in the bathroom whilst talking to her husband (John C. Rielly), who is in bed. They're talking about Kitty (Toni Collette; another brilliant actor) having gone into hospital and he suggests maybe Laura should go visit her. It breaks my heart when Laura says: "I was going to. I was going to stop by." She's fighting back the tears and you can almost feel her pain.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 21, 2010 10:07 AM GMT
    It was a great movie filmed in the style of the time the film was set in
    and tackled subjects in the 50's the the industry would Never have touched

    Homosexuality?

    Interracial relationships?
  • mynyun

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    Aug 21, 2010 10:35 AM GMT
    Sounds like a movie I def want to check out.
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    Aug 21, 2010 11:13 AM GMT
    Can't remember why, but despite its many good points, I know that I found it unconvincing dramatically.

    Love some of those Douglas Sirk films to which it pays homage. He was a great director. They showed The Tarnished Angels on TCM a few days ago, which is a bit different from the kind of Sirk films that inspired Far From Heaven, but is perhaps the best Sirk film of all (and was Sirk's own favorite among his films). Though I'll always have a soft spot for Sirk's wild remake of Imitation of Life most of all.
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    Aug 30, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    nowvoyager saidI....]

    By the by, In "The Hours", I always almost cry when Laura Brown (Juilanne Moore) is sitting in the bathroom whilst talking to her husband (John C. Rielly), who is in bed. They're talking about Kitty (Toni Collette; another brilliant actor) having gone into hospital and he suggests maybe Laura should go visit her. It breaks my heart when Laura says: "I was going to. I was going to stop by." She's fighting back the tears and you can almost feel her pain.


    This scene destroys me:

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    Aug 30, 2010 5:37 AM GMT
    There is a movie that Julianne did called "Safe," about a women who believes the chemicals in the air are making her sick, but a twist at the end. Excellent movie as well. Recently saw her in "Blindness" and "The Kids are All Right."

    One of my favorite actresses.
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    Aug 30, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    Having a culturally restricted childhood and being predominantly a word-nerd, I've never been much for movies in general. [SAFE] was released right after I graduated high school and was the first film I fell in love with enough to buy a copy and re-watch every year or so. In addition to the wonderfully direct psychological exploration of Moore's character, there is also the few seconds at the end of the opening scene with Xander Berkeley, where he well um.... icon_redface.gif When you're an underexposed 17-year-old boy it kinda catches your attention.

    Since then, there have been a few movies I've watched specifically because Julianne Moore is in them.

    I had high expectations for Far From Heaven from its description, cast, and positive reviews, but, like theatrengym, I felt underwhelmed by it. Particularly, I felt like the Dennis Haysbert character was either poorly written or poorly acted, although I'm not enough of a film buff to claim to know which. His portrayal and facial expressions seemed really monotone and simple, almost Lennie Small-ish, and some of the scenes between Haysbert and Moore didn't "sell" their part of the storyline to me.