#60Movies – Day 10: Far From Heaven

16 01 2013

I’m baaack!!! šŸ™‚

Far From Heaven
with Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Donald Haysbert
Dir. Todd Haynes

Synopsis: An affluent suburban Connecticut couple in the 1950’s tries to live with the facade that they are happy together. But she finds her husband with another man and she develops an attraction for her gardener, the reality of their life begins to unravel.

My Takeaway: Interesting that explores the idea of race and sexual orientation in the ’50s, but more specifically, this movie speaks volumes about identity–who we really are vs. who we want to be. In either case, it’s hard to live a lie.

This film was one of the films they were shooting while I was at USA Films (Focus Features) so I had read the script several times and even saw the dailies from it. While it wasn’t a perfect film, i did enjoy its suvtleties. I’m a Todd Haynes fan, and he has a great way of capturing subtlety in those quiet moments with the actors. He’s not afraid of letting emotions play out very naturally and organically on screen. While I love this quality about him as a character, this film felt about 20 minutes too long because of its long pauses. It also felt a little melodramatic at times. Other than that it was a good flick. I give it 3 1/2 stars.

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