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The Safety Of Objects [DVD] [2003]


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  • Actors: Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Mary Kay Place, Patricia Clarkson, Jessica Campbell
  • Directors: Rose Troche
  • Writers: Rose Troche, A.M. Homes
  • Producers: Angus Finney, Christine Vachon, Colin Brunton, Dorothy Berwin, 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: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015N4SY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a modest house in suburban America, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) lies in his bedroom in a coma, nursed by his mother, Esther (Glenn Close). Esther dutifully tends Paul day and night and in doing so has distanced herself from her husband, Howard (Robert Klein) and teenage daughter, Julie (Jessica Campbell). A stone’s throw away, Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson) is in the midst of a messy divorce, all the while trying to keep herself and her two children functioning normally, on a swiftly dwindling budget. Meanwhile, after years dedicating to his job, Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) begins to realize that his family, headed by his efficient wife, Susan (Moira Kelly), functions perfectly well without him. Their son, Jake (Alex House) has problems of his own as he finds it increasingly hard to conceal his burgeoning romantic relationship with Tani, his little sister’s twelve-inch plastic doll. Beneath her cheerful façade, Helen Christianson (Mary Kay Place), bored by her husband and the banalities of her life, secretly begins looking for something or someone to bring her back to life.

All of them go about their lives surrounded by the possessions that they hold dear. But over the course of four days, the intertwined world of the Golds, the Trains, the Christiansons and the Jennings will collide with the past.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Tanner VINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is incredibly real and yet surreal at the same time. The humour is akin to that in American Beauty with the story being about real hopes and dreams and how people deal with them either being lost or just not happening.
We get a glimpse into the functinality of disfunctional middle America, and what a trip it is. There is an underlying sadness about this film that is so real it is frightening, we follow several families through trial and tribulation and it is terrific.
Every performance is first rate and everything is plausable due to the surreal aspects, including the talking doll-girlfriend which would ordinarilly be ludicrous.
The soundtrack is excellent and very enjoyable, some well known songs nicely mixed with some less well know, but appropriate, tracks.
If you don't like dark, morose humour then steer clear this is not a light comedy, but, if you you like dark real issues then I would snap this up at once.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Graham on 22 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
Although I read (and enjoyed) the book years ago, my reason for watching this film was the curiosity of seeing Rose Troche's direction - I've been a fan of her work with Go Fish and, more recently, The L Word. And I was very impressed - well scripted, well acted and excellently directed. Even the opening credits hooked me!
A tragic tale interwoven with humour, this film is a must-see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyson Williams on 22 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
The characters were too shallow to care about. I had expected a thought provoking film about a dysfunctional family but the chatacters were actually just trite and irritating. The ending was glib and unmemorable. I had hoped this film would be pushing into the dark territory so brilliantly explored by Todd Solonz. In reality I couldn't wait for this tedious little number to come to an end.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2004
Format: DVD
With a superlative ensemble cast giving note worthy performances, I expected this movie to be better than it actually was. Unfortunately, it was a sterile production, as none of the characters really grab the viewer emotionally. The normal rules of engagement seem to be lacking, leaving the viewer with the sense of having seen a shell of what was potentially a good film. Instead, the viewer gets a film with a few good hurrahs amidst a motley reel of celluloid. It is an ambitious film that does not see its ambitions realized.
Adapted from a book of short stories by A. H. Holmes, the film attempts to weave these short stories into a collective, cohesive narrative. It is a strained effort, at best. It gives an ostensible slice of suburban angst through the stories of four middle class families, neighbors in a suburban community. All have some connection to a car accident that severely injured the son of one of these families, causing him to remain in a vegetative state.
The film plods along, unraveling the accident in tortuous fashion as it takes the viewer to the final denouement. Some of the characters behave inexplicably without rhyme or reason as to why they would behave in such a fashion, leaving the viewer to wonder why. While the reasons may be of interest, there is not a clue as to such. It may simply be that the author's interrelated short stories simply did not adapt well to film, despite best efforts to make it into a cohesive entity.
Yet, a pre-pubescent boy talks to his sister's Barbie doll, believing that they have some kind of relationship, and he believes that Barbie talks back to him. A man whose marital relationship is on the brink of disaster leaves his wife and family at a critical juncture in order to help a neighbor try to win an SUV contest at a local mall.
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