Far From Heaven


After the love it/loathe it rock-spandex wonder of Velvet Goldmine, writer/ director Todd Haynes' Oscar-nominated melodrama is equally idiosyncratic, if rather less interesting.

Julianne Moore is excellent as a '50s housewife whose husband (Dennis Quaid) is playing away for the home team, leaving her to a socially frowned-upon friendship with her black gardener (Dennis Haysbert). A beautiful pastiche, rather than parody, of Douglas Sirk's studio-subverting oeuvre - - especially the sudsy All That Heaven Allows - - it's ultimately a rather unengaging experience. A film fanatic's formalist exercise that's only worth watching if you know what that means.

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