far from heaven

Julianne Moore has made a successful career of playing seemingly simple women who’s hearts are slowly revealed through careful words and gestures. In this meticulously crafted period piece, Moore teams with safe director Todd Haynes for a stellar performance as Cathy Witaker, quintessential ’50s housewife. Cathy’s technicolor perfect world starts to crack at the seams when her husband admits a homosexual problem, not in those words of course. Shaken and alone, Cathy confides in and forms a friendship with the black gardener, touching off a greater scandal than her husband’s indiscretion. The beauty of this film and it’s star is the delicacy with which it tackles what could have been maudlin. [us, 2002]

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