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Safe

Title: 
Safe
Year: 
1995
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Haynes, Todd
Language: 
English
Country: 
United States
Genre: 
Drama
Actors: 
Julianne Moore
Actors: 
Peter Friedman
Actors: 
Xander Berkely
Film Reviews: 

An unsettling work (1995) by subversive American independent Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), his first film in 35-millimeter and best film overall. It's been described as a movie about “environmental illness,” but don't let that fool you: the alienation of one suburban housewife in southern California, effectively captured by Julianne Moore, may take physical form, but its sources are clearly spiritual and ideological. Haynes does a powerful job of conveying his hatred for the character's Sherman Oaks milieu (where he himself grew up) through his crafty and at times almost hallucinatory layering of sound and image. (Though Haynes's methodology is his own, you may be reminded at times of Michelangelo Antonioni and Chantal Akerman.) He also offers a scathing (if poker-faced) satire on New Age notions of healing. This creepy art movie will stay with you. 119 min. [Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago reader]

Click her to see Jonathan Rosenbaum's excellent full review.http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.com/?cat=5

Date Arrival: 
10 January 2000