I can't help but think that Mad Men took some of its inspiration from this piece. Interracial romances and homosexuality were so much more salacious when they were taboo...
Far From Heaven
It is the fall of 1957. The Whitakers, the very picture of a suburban family, make their home in Hartford, Connecticut. Their daily existences are characterized by carefully observed family etiquette,... read more
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July 30, 2012
Todd Haynes is known for his subversion of styles and formats with his work, and with this film, he takes aim at the look and feel of classic 1950s Hollywood melodramas, particularly of the Douglas Sirk variety.
This is the story of a seemingly idealic lead by housewife Cathy Wh...
July 26, 2012
I had nothing better to do and happened to catch this on TV. Good thing I did, I really got soaked into it and began to be concerned while the story continued to unleash the darkness.
It's around the 1950's, so the whole interracial thing is a "BIG NO N...
May 8, 2012
Fifties era social prejudices are exposed when a husband reveals his homosexuality while his wife falls for their African American gardener.
Juxtaposing prejudices race and sexuality could produce a winning social critique, but by the end of this film, I don't know what the film ...
February 5, 2010
Far From Heaven is a beautiful and fascinating story of Julian Morre as a 50s 'perfect world' suburban housewife watching her marriage fall apart and falling in love with her gardener. This film captures the mood and style of the 50's era, conservative, charming, niaive and deepl...
October 14, 2009
"What imprisons desires of the heart?"
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
Filmmaker Todd Haynes' valentine to 195...
April 27, 2009fb619846742
A very heartfelt, original look on some very controversial issues that seem completely out of place for the simplistic culture of the 1950's. This film surprised me, it tackles a lot of topics, and it features many twists that I didn't see coming. Not only does this period-piece ...
January 26, 2008
Very good movie that is worth watching. Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid shine in this dramatic story of a seemingly perfect family in 1950's CT. Even a "picture perfect" family is open to all the same issues that everyonr faces and more.
September 17, 2007
It's a shame that Far From Heaven's third act lags as much as it does, because its first hour is downright stunning. It grabs your attention with some lavish, lovingly-constructed set design and camera work - Todd Haynes is a true master of image on film. The beauty is inorganic,...
July 16, 2007
A good movie, but talk about SLOW! Stick with it, though - the story is like a train coming down the tracks, wobbling more and more drastically from side to side, and eventually, it will derail. You come to realize that instead of idylls, these characters are more like grotesques.