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Far From Heaven [DVD] [2003]

Julianne Moore , Dennis Quaid , Todd Haynes    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis
  • Directors: Todd Haynes
  • Writers: Todd Haynes
  • Producers: Bradford Simpson, Christine Vachon, Declan Baldwin, Diane Cornell, Eric Robison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C88MR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Far from Heaven is a uniquely beautiful film from one of the smartest and most idiosyncratic of contemporary directors, Todd Haynes (Safe and Velvet Goldmine). It takes the lush 1950s visual style of so-called women's pictures (particularly those of Douglas Sirk, director of Imitation of Life and Magnificent Obsession) to tell a story that mixes both sexual and racial prejudice. Julianne Moore, portraying an amazing fusion of vulnerability and will power, plays a housewife whose husband (Dennis Quaid) has a secret gay life. When she finds solace in the company of a black gardener (Dennis Haysbert), rumours and peer pressure destroy any chance she has at happiness. It's astonishing how a movie with such a stylised veneer can be so emotionally compelling; the cast and filmmakers have such an impeccable command of the look and feel of the genre that every moment is simultaneously artificial and deeply felt. Far from Heaven is ingenious and completely engrossing. --Bret Fetzer

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of Father Knows Best 28 Feb 2006
If you've been around long enough to remember those 50s shows like "Father Knows Best", you'll remember how perfect life for the American WASP middle class was depicted as being. Perfect father, mother, marriage, children (or at least reasonably well behaved), job (for Dad - Mom stayed home), house, schools, and neighborhood. If there was a dark side, it didn't extend further than one of the Anderson kids complaining about having to help set the perfect table for the perfect home-cooked dinner. America had single-handedly won WWII (what Eastern Front?) and was keeping the world safe for democracy. Ike was President, and life was grand. For those of us who lived even a close approximation, it was.
FAR FROM HEAVEN begins just that way. Frank Whitaker (Dennis Quaid) and his All-American blonde wife Cathy (Julianne Moore) - the high school cheerleader/prom queen sort who probably married right after graduation - own a perfect (and huge) home in a perfect neighborhood of Hartford, CN where you can't see the perfect neighbors for all the trees (gloriously clothed in perfect fall colors). The Whitakers have two perfect kids, and Frank manages the local office of mighty Magnatech. It's 1957, and when the Whitaker boy says "Oh, gee!", Mom reprimands him for his bad language. Frank wears a suit, tie and hat; Cathy wears full skirts and is perfectly coifed. In this all-white world, the only Blacks are the perfect housekeeper Sybil (Viola Davis) and the perfect gardener Ray (Dennis Haysbert). But there's a flip side.
In the film's leading role, Moore turns in an Oscar-worthy performance as the 50s-perfect wife whose perfect life implodes on the day she discovers hubby, ostensibly working late, in his office passionately kissing another man.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I think this movie is the best movie to come out of hollywood in years. I really identified with Dennis Quaids character and felt equally sorry for his wife played with genius by Julliane Moore. The ending was very moving and I felt sad that many of the issues dealt with in the movie are still problems with some people today. I was also impressed with the use of colour in the movie and was suprised to discover that no digital tweaking or colour enhancment was used on the film. Overall i think the picture should have won more at the acadamy awards, its not often that this much care and attention goes into a movie aimed at the masses. Simply Wonderful.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film oozes... 27 Aug 2003
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Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven," the best film of the year, is the kind of movie lover's dream that requires more suspension of disbelief than your usual fantasy or musical. It demands a willingness of the viewer to be transported back to a time when movies were shot on studio back lots and came with a lush artificiality and a distinct archness.
Like "8 Women," the current FranÁois Ozon French romp, "Far From Heaven" gets its inspiration from the florid melodramas that director Douglas Sirk made in collaboration with producer Ross Hunter at Universal, working within the 1950s studio system. However, whereas Ozon has fun, merely flirting with signature Sirk ingredients, Haynes is serious and goes further. He re-creates Sirk's soapy tableaux with such a single-minded, virtuosic flair that his bid for perfection becomes an unconstrained fetish.
The result is a film that works as a tribute to a specific bygone film genre and style, but also to the era itself -- the 1950s in all its repressed, hypocritical glory. "Far From Heaven" doesn't merely play like a '50s-style movie. It is a '50s movie. Except for a couple of taboo issues that Haynes has moved from the background into the forefront, he's created a film that looks and feels as if it was made in 1957, the year in which his story is set.
The old-style opening credits immediately signal that we are in Eisenhower's America, where the notion of "normalcy" is a lie that shrouds the real desires and needs of people. Sirk's camera would trail behind his glamourous leading ladies (usually Jane Wyman, Lana Turner or Dorothy Malone) and peer through the openings of the curtains that concealed the secrets within their perfectly attired suburban homes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the net curtains of small town Connecticut 30 April 2007
From the start, this film is saturated in a nostalgic lyricism. The lovely suburban street in the fall, the trees all shades of red and orange; the sleek 1950s cars, all fins, two-tone colours and chrome. The score is light, tuneful and delicately orchestrated, recalling Virgil Thomson. This is the America of the north-eastern seaboard where all the best Americans come from. Most of the characters appear to be thoroughly decent, as well. At first. Julianne Moore plays the wife and Dennis Quaid the husband and they have two model children who call their Dad 'Sir' and do as they are told. Julianne Moore is a paragon: she is kind, tolerant, liberal and incredibly resilient. It is she who bears the emotional trauma of her husband's re-emergence as a gay. He had suppressed his sexuality for the duration of the marriage so far. She takes it in her stride and supports him rather than showing rejection.

One effect of this threat to her marriage is a growing relationship with her black (over-qualified) gardener (Dennis Haysbert). He, too, is a thoroughly decent man who has a lovely little daughter. They begin to meet discreetly - or so they think. They are obviously made for each other but meet disapproval and cruel behaviour from both sides of the racial divide. This is not the Deep South, so there are no burning crosses on the front lawn - just a feeling that it is everyone's business to express their views. In one scene, the couple are talking in the street and Julianna Moore breaks off their relationship. As she moves to go, he puts a restraining hand on her arm. The whole street, anonymous until now, freezes and men call warnings to Haysbert to unhand her. Ms. Moore's best friend, a thorough brick up to then, cuts her when she hears about the relationship with Haysbert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clever and moving
Usually "cleverness," when perceived in a work of art, short-circuits our capacity to be moved by it -- usually, cleverness implies the self-conscious application of a "style," and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars superb movie
this is a really good movie although a very painful story but true to life .brilliant acting as always by Julianne More who is always superb
Published 3 months ago by naomi warner
5.0 out of 5 stars "Far From Heaven" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers...
Fans of the classy and beautifully filmed trouble-in-the-US-suburbs movie "Far From Heaven" will want to own it on BLU RAY. But therein lies a problem... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars love across the racial divide
A snapshot of suburban life in 1950s USA.A white woman is attracted to her black gardener when her world starts falling apart,but she knows it is doomed given the atmosphere in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by phyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 50's movie with modern subject matters.
The way this movie handles homosexuality and race relations really bring home how far things have come regarding these subject matters in the last 50 years or so. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E.McC
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven
Is this the greatest American film of the "Noughties"? There Will Be Blood might have something to say about that, but Far From Heaven is as damn near to a perfect piece of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. J. Lister
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 18 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
5.0 out of 5 stars refined masterpiece
This film by Tood Haynes is made, esthestically, in the style of flamboyant melodramas by Douglas Sirk: rusty autumnal colors, orange and green dresses ... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bidaud Anne-marie
4.0 out of 5 stars very good, but just falls short
This film is a bit like a perfectly made-up face - the texture is perfect, every detail of shading and contrast is perfect, but in the end you can only do so much with make-up; the... Read more
Published on 21 July 2012 by schumann_bg
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad film with beautiful pictures
"Far from heaven" is another gay-theme episode in Julianne Moore's career (check "A single man"). This time she portrays a housewife with a husband who lives a lie. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by Pitbulltje
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