Far From Heaven

Directed by Todd Haynes.
With Julianne Moore, Dennis Haysbert, Dennis Quaid.
US, 2002, digital video, color, 107 min.

Far from Heaven stars Julianne Moore as Cathy Whitaker, a bourgeois housewife from West Hartford, CT, who discovers that her husband (Quaid) is gay. In the wake of this domestic turmoil, she begins to forge an intimate connection with her African-American gardener (Haysbert), much to the dismay of her judgmental community. Director Todd Haynes attacks racism, homophobia and suburban banality in 1950s America with stylishly rich color, evocative angles, and ornate lighting which compare to Sirk at his best.

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