FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes, 2002 Rating: NNNN
Far From Heaven has picked up a huge majority of the critics groups' best-actress honours for Julianne Moore's incarnation of an upper-middle-class Connecticut homemaker in Todd Haynes's mind-warping recreation of the world of Douglas Sirk's 50s melodramas, particularly All That Heaven Allows. Indeed, one of the year's great jokes is that Far From Heaven has been nominated as best original screenplay, when at times it's a scene-for-scene remake of the Sirk film.
Moore's Cathy gets her apple cart upset when she discovers that her husband, a memorable Dennis Quaid, has sexual needs that aren't being answered at home and that she's strangely attracted to her gardener (Dennis Haysbert), who's black. Moore gives a stunning performance, but this movie is less about character than it is about Haynes's fetishization of a long-dead style of filmmaking. (Revue, February 7 to 11; Bloor, February 7 to 12; Music Hall, February 12)