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Far from Heaven (2002)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 22, 2002
 UK: 18 Nov 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 1, 2003

Budget $13,500,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country France, USA

Studio Clear Blue Sky Films, Focus Features, John Wells Productions, Killer Films, Section Eight, TF1 Films, Vulcan Productions

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Infidelity, Marriage, Experimental, Christmas, Melodrama, Period Piece

Tagline: What imprisons desires of the heart?

Plot: The model marriage of Frank (Dennis Quaid) and Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) in 1950s Hartford is depicted in television ads, and a magazine features photographs of Cathy as a model homemaker and citizen. Yet, behind the curtains of their dream home, Cathy and Frank hide scandalous secrets. Frank has been masquerading his homosexuality and is seeing a doctor for a heterosexual conversion. Meanwhile, Cathy finds solace in her gardener, Raymond (Dennis Haysbert), a black man about whom Cathy must conceal her growing feelings, since simply being seen with him is cause for scandal.

Filmmaker Douglas Sirk employed the trappings of the melodrama to satirize and criticize narrow minds in the 1950s status quo with films such as ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS. Todd Haynes (SAFE) uses Sirk's highly stylized universe to critique society half a century later in FAR FROM HEAVEN. The film uses thematic elements of Sirk's such as isolating characters through windows and vivid, symbolic colors and flowers. It also applies Sirkian plot devices such as gossiping neighbors and demonizing television. Attacking prejudice, Haynes' methods are particularly effective as he uses an antiquated style of filmmaking to shed light on societal problems that are pervasive even in the 21st Century.

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 Directed by
Todd Haynes
Velvet Goldmine, Safe, Poison
 Written by
Todd Haynes
Velvet Goldmine, Safe, Poison
Julianne Moore
The Fugitive, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia
Dennis Quaid
Traffic, The Day After Tomorrow, Any Given Sunday
Dennis Haysbert
Heat, Major League, Absolute Power
Patricia Clarkson
The Green Mile, The Untouchables, Dogville
Viola Davis
Traffic, Solaris, Kate & Leopold
James Rebhorn
Independence Day, Meet the Parents, The Game
Celia Weston
The Village, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Hulk
 Music By
Elmer Bernstein
Gangs of New York, Ghost Busters, The Blues Brothers

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