Saturday, January 12, 2013

Far from Heaven

2002 American Feature

Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Ryan Ward, Lindsay Andretta, Celia Weston and Barbara Garrick
Writer/Director: Todd Haynes

Cathy Whittaker is the perfect 1950s housewife whose life spins out of control when she discovers her husband's secret life and subsequently becomes involved in a forbidden relationship.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 89% / Audience: 76 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 84% / Audience: 7.1%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Moore), Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Original Score.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (Moore); also nominated for Best Picture.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress - Drama (Moore), Supporting Actor (Quaid), Screenplay and Original Score.
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Actress (Moore), Supporting Actor (Quaid), Director and Cinematography.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Actress of the Year (Moore).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress (Moore), Cinematography and Music.
  • National Board of Review Award for Actress (Moore).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (Clarkson).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Supporting Actor (Quaid), Supporting Actress (Clarkson), Director and Cinematography.
  • Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress (Moore), Supporting Actor (Quaid), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design and Original Score; also nominated for Best Picture and Director.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress (Moore) and Supporting Actor (Quaid).
  • Venice Film Festival Awards for Best Actress (Moore) and Outstanding Technical Contribution (Edward Lachman, cinematography).
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Original Screenplay.

  • Todd Haynes wrote and directed this film in the style of Douglas Sirk, particularly 1955's All That Heaven Allows and 1959's Imitation of Life.
  • Working Titles: This Splendid Life, Circles in the Sun, The Surface of Things and Fall from Splendor.
  • Casting Call: Jeff Bridges, Russell Crowe and James Gandolfini.
  • The last feature film with a score by legendary composer Elmer Bernstein.
  • A stage musical adaptation of Far from Heaven had its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2013.

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