Far From Heaven

Far From Heaven

DVD - 2003
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In 1950s Connecticut, a perfect, idealistic housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, 2003, c2002
Edition: Widescreen format
ISBN: 9780783274591
0783274599
Branch Call Number: FAR
DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 48 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Bookworm39
Mar 31, 2019

A true to life movie. It is sad that the racist part of this movie still goes on everyday in some people's lives. I hope people can learn from this that gay people should not get married to the opposite sex as in most cases it causes much heartache in the end. A very good movie and great acting.

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BobbyeBooks
Feb 01, 2019

This is absolutely the most romantic movie I have ever seen. The idea of my eyes adored you but ---well you know the rest of the lyric-------it's so compelling and I'm a soap opera plot junkie anyway!!! Take a peak at Viola Davis in a small but disturbingly interesting bit as the faithful retainer!!! Great stuff-----even the serious subtext about homosexuality and miscegenation (sp?), well I just love this movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

This melodramatic film stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert and Patricia Clarkson. A 1950’s couple is trying to keep up with appearances in order to make everything seem fine, even though behind the scenes there are issues of homosexuality and racial tensions. The movie definitely managed to fit into the intended era with characters that understood their role and were able to capture the subliminal messages of the film. Although intended to be a melodrama, I never felt as though the plot was over dramatic or cheesy. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy serious period pieces. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ManMachine
Jan 15, 2018

Picking Up The Pieces Of A Broken Dream.

From a purely visual perspective - Far From Heaven is a truly mesmerizing "retro-film" experience. With excellent camerawork, lighting, and meticulous attention to detail, this super-lush movie production is a dazzling re-creation of a 1950's soap opera "dreamworld" set in the upper middle-class suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut.

Far From Heaven is a finely-tuned weeper about forbidden desires, denial and racial boundaries. Its story peels back the layers from the "Stepford Wife" Syndrome of the 1950's that has lodged itself firmly into our collective consciousness. Far From Heaven dares to suggest that "soap opera" might actually be regarded as something socially relevant.

When seriously considering this film's storyline - Far Form Heaven really is 'far-from-heaven', alright - That's for sure - In fact, from the main character's point of view, it's all pretty well close to hell.

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gingin1972
Dec 29, 2016

Most boring movie ever!

steelydeacon May 02, 2016

Beautifully filmed social pollution. Anti-family diatribe by a homosexual filmmaker. He wants you to believe that there is no such thing as a traditional family that is really as happy as they pretend to be. This is what the liberals in hollywood want to believe and will use all the fictional means at their disposal to "prove" to the public. The fact is that it is they who are living a lie. They need to make films like this to soothe their guilty consciences.

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ncs1961
Oct 26, 2014

I wanted to like this one, but somehow just couldn't appreciate the characters as developed -

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ruthiesu
Oct 01, 2014

this movie is soooo boring

Serenity77777 Jun 30, 2013

I was really surprised how much this
movie really "opened" my heart and
broke my heart at the same time. Many life lessons. One never knows
what circumstances comes up in one's life that would change both our
lives and the lives of so many others.
I truly loved this film, and I especially
loved Julianne Moore's performance
in it. Bravo Julianne!!!!

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BertBailey
Apr 09, 2013

Interesting drama with the reliable Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid in an interesting role(!), Dennis Haysbert (the President in '24'), and Patricia Clarkson (if she’s the one playing Julianne Moore's best friend, then she’s a character actress to look out for). Set in the 1950s, this is about an average middle class woman whose husband realizes that his homosexuality is not so easy to dismiss. It eventually breaks their marriage apart, though she first falls in love with, gasp, a black man. In 1950s US Eastern Seaboard suburbia, neither kind of love is accepted. The weak script comes near to being redeemed by fine acting, excellent cinematography and a very well-mounted, loving, faux-1950s melodrama and production. Several poignant scenes use fragmented conversations that are nearly inspired and full of realism; a nice stratagem I found effective all but once. The plot turns on several incidents of little subtlety, but it's recommendable especially for ambience: felicitous cinematography, solid direction, and good acting all around. Moore in particular makes interesting work of a role that might easily have been drab: as a decent, well-mannered wife of limited intellectual range who's struggling with unusual hardships. An intriguing though flawed film, and - best of all considering this came from Hollywood - refreshingly unusual. Recommended.

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Dec 23, 2018

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