Far from Heaven

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Released 2002

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Director:
Todd Haynes
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Far from Heaven is a 2002 period drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes (I'm Not There, Velvet Goldmine, Safe). Set in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1957, Far From Heaven centers on a 'perfect' housewife, Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights, Evolution, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Kids Are All Right, Magnolia, The Big Lebowski, Children of Men), whose life revolves around her rising-executive husband Frank (Dennis Quaid, Innerspace, The Day After Tomorrow, Frequency, The Alamo, Dreamscape, Jaws 3-D), her children, her spotless home and her fashion suburban neighborhood. For all her efforts, Cathy's marriage is not quite right. When she finds out why, her wonderful world suddenly turns into a minefield. Desperately isolated, she turns for sympathy to Raymond Deagan (Dennis Haysbert, Heat, 24, The Unit), the wise, kindhearted black man who tends her yard. Their innocent friendship so profoundly violates community standards that her friends respond with ferocious cruelty.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It rediscovers the aching, desiring humanity in a genre -- and a period-- too often subjected to easy parody or ironic appropriation. In a word, it's divine.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The film's three leads are extraordinary, but what Moore does with her role is so beyond the parameters of what we call great acting that it nearly defies categorization.

  • 90

    Variety David Rooney

    An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.

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    Historical, Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues, Love & Romance