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Plot: "Safe" has been described as a horror movie of the soul, a description that director Todd Haynes relishes. California housewife Carol White seems to have it all in life: a wealthy husband, a beautiful house, servants, beauty, and a lot of friends. The only thing she lacks is a strong personality:… Runtime: 119 min Release Date: 30 Jun 1995
brilliant depiction of suburbia and the new age movement (by mandy-23)
This is my very favorite movie, one of the scariest I've ever seen. The alienation and isolation of the suburbs come across beautifully in this film. Car culture and sprawl definitely contribute to the empty feeling one receives from following this story of a rich suburban housewife's allergic reaction to her vapid life. The mood and statement of the film are epitomized by the scene in which Carol is driving alone on the freeway, going into convulsions from "the fumes", all while the scratchy radio produces mundane religious babble. Ironically, she pulls off the road and is <more>
"saved" by the confines of a parking garage. How appropriate based upon the pigheaded tendency for urban planners to say, "Boy, this traffic is horrible, what do we do about it? I know! We'll build more parking garages!" The scratchy babble of religious radio in the scene indicates the hypocritical irrelevance of spirituality when it exists as part of a alienated consumer-driven, environmentally-destructive society. Religion, particularly the new-age movement seems to parallel the suburbs in its pretty blandness and emergence as a way for capitalists to try to redeem their souls/family life after destroying society eg the inner city . New age and suburbia combine when Carol goes to Wrenwood a place even more sterile and removed from reality than Carol's suburb , a healing retreat for people with environmental illness. Despite a lot of fluffy, positive talk on behalf of an AIDS victim guru, Carol's physical and spiritual condition only decline at Wrenwood--she becomes more and more like Lester, the faceless guy in the white suit the perfect new age suburbanite who is afraid of everything and is expected to die based on that fear.
Safe is a remarkably quiet and rewarding movie. The IMDb calls this a "Thriller," although there is very little action in the film. However, Todd Haynes' slow pace perfectly heightens anxiety and captures emptiness of suburban life and consumerism.Without being as heavy handed as I am being here and as most people are when talking about this topic , Haynes demonstrates wonderfully how the cliches of the 1980s consume Carol White's existence. One of the most inspired things about Safe is Haynes' use of insipid 1980s music and fads as the backdrop to Carol's <more>
passionless Barbie doll-like life. Julianne Moore plays Carol with wonderful restraint, resisting the proto-feminist cliches of a spirited woman being submerged in a cruel capitalist world. Perhaps the scariest thing about Safe and maybe why the IMDb classifies this as a "thriller" , is the suggestion that even Carol's own best efforts to get well, shaped as they are by her own bland notions of what life should be, might fail.It takes a lot of patience to watch Safe, but, as Safe demonstrates, Haynes isn't into instant gratification.
"I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and knew instantly that this is what Los Angeles should look like. It should be a space zone. It should be akin to this future world devoid of human organisms. A world in which nature is completely controlled. The formal severity of a film like 2001, the immaculateness, the restrained camera, which is in fact used in a lot of Kubricks films, really inspired me visually." - Todd HaynesThough similar in tone to Antonioni's "Red Desert" and Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", Todd Haynes' "Safe" remains one of the <more>
most unique and interesting films of the 90s.Carol White Julianne Moore is a wealthy housewife who lives in suburban Los Angeles. She has a rigid and ordered live, in which all her basic needs are catered for. But gradually Carol begins to develop Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and literally becomes allergic to her surroundings. Whether this illness is biological or psychological is left ambiguous.Carol turns to various doctors for help, but they're unable to cure her. It's just a neurotic episode, they say. It will pass. But it doesn't. In frustration, Carol turns to a New Age cult who operate a "healing camp" out in the wilderness. Cutting herself off from the world, we watch as Carol's sphere gradually grows smaller and smaller. In the end, Carol finds herself all alone in a white domed tent, staring at herself in a mirror. Her allergies cease only when she finds total alienation.Though titled "Safe", this disturbing and powerful film is anything but. At once intimate in its depiction of a woman losing control and apocalyptic in its scope, "Safe" plays out like a roadmap of End-days paranoia minus the politics .Carol is essentially an unfulfilled housewife in an uncaring world. She wants to get away, to escape the triviality of late-capitalism, and so her subconscious creates phobias and allergies, her body reacting to its environment. Get me out of here, it says.The first act of the film shows Carol surrounded by nauseatingly normal and dangerously apathetic, well-to-do people. Indeed, until the onset of her illness, Julie herself is nauseatingly normal. It's to Haynes' credit that, after having so skillfully established his lead character as the epitome of bourgeois WASP elitism, he still manages to make us feel for her.But the films turns horrific in the second act, as Carol becomes hypersensitive to the chemicals in her everyday world. This triggers frightening and intense allergic reactions. Watching Moore in these "reaction" scenes is riveting. The film combines a Kubrickian sense of menace with a spooky level of detachment.Eventually Carol decides to take matters into her own hands, and, for the rest of the film, we follow her down a strange road of discovery in the traditional self-help fashion which, terrifyingly, leads nowhere. Her last hope is "Wrenwood", an isolation camp run by a cult leader. But Wrenwood is as flawed in its own way as are the doctors of the outside world. Wrenwood offers encouragement, support and singalongs, but precious little else. The cult leader pretty much defines the attitudes of the patients at the camp when he confesses that he's stopped reading the newspapers and watching television.Like the proverbial ostrich, the patients at Wrenwood have their heads in the sand because, ultimately, it is not only the chemicals of the outside world that effect them, but the entire postmodern experience. These are victims of the Twentieth Century, Haynes says. Even isolated from the crime, stray bullets and flaming riots of the inner city, this well-to-do and insulated woman is still unsafe.The film also resonates nicely with Kubrick's "The Shining". While "the Shining" portrays the stifling nature of the family unit in an increasingly individualistic and alienated human context, "Safe" examines the terrors of being an individual outside of a "family" context. Kubrick says there is something about the traditional family that is doomed to unravel. Haynes says that, without some kind of spiritual/blood connection to a family of some sort, we as individuals are flawed and doomed to unravel."The Shining" examines the breakdown of the nuclear family and the destructive power of the obsolete and meaningless roles in which that unit forces us to conform. Conversely, "Safe" examines the problems of individuals in societal free-fall, with no inbred moral tether, no real family support. At the end of Carol's journey, in a cold, white bubble that is an exterior reflection of her own barren soul, we begin to suspect the terrible truth that there is no cure for her kind of sickness. She has, consciously or not, abandoned humanity. Therefore her humanity has abandoned her. Belong or die. Thus, the film ends with Carol totally and utterly alone. I haven't seen as frightening a final image in a recent film as the sight of a weathered Julie, staring at herself in the mirror, telling herself unconvincingly "I love you...I love you".Alone, she has only herself. In an apathetic world, only her love for herself is real. Or perhaps it's just another fragile attempt to mask self hate.9/10 - This is arguably Todd Haynes' greatest film. While Haynes has a university masters in semiotics, Kubrick was a student of semiotics professor Umberto Eco. Both directors seem to approach film in the same way, depicting the world through signs and formal structures. Strangely, the rest of Haynes' filmography seems to have degenerated into silly postmodern pastiche.
Gripping - with a masterful performance from Julianne Moore (by Jen_UK)
'Safe' is enigmatic, anxious, bewildering and captivating. It will divide viewers, but I argue that this is the hallmark of all true art. You will either love it or hate it, you will either get it or you won't. But it won't leave you indifferent.Julianne Moore plays Carol White, the film's childlike protagonist with a phenomenal skill. In the hands of a more showy, ostentatious actress, Carol's 'illness' could have appeared trivial, her character, flighty, whiny and irritating. In the hands of Julianne Moore who is, in my opinion, the most intelligent, <more>
thoughtful and captivating actress working today, Carol's predicament is moving amd her character endearing. Her performance truly is astonishing. Never does she feel the need to overact, to emphasise Carol's confusion or her fear. She plays her with a childlike acceptance, a surface simplicity and a sing-songy girlish voice, and she is a master of restraint, implication, understatement. I have yet to see a more impressive performance from an actress whose skill lies in making it appear like she is doing very little, when really there is a huge amount going on underneath the surface. The film would be worth it for Julianne Moore alone, but it also has other things to reccommend it.There's the excellent direction from the genius, Todd Haynes. His mainstream hit, the wonderful homage to Sirk 'Far From Heaven' catapulted Haynes into the mainstream, but I find this work even more affecting. Haynes is a genius at utilising the mise-en-scene for the maximum effect. He uses his camera as a painter would with colour - each shot is masterfully composed, with the director never allowing us to get too close to Julianne Moore's character, making her predicament all the more confusing and alienating. This is a film which demands thought and concentration, and what you take from it will depend upon individual disposition and experience.The dialogue is generally sparse and quite functional, meaning that emphasis is placed onto the menacing soundtrack giving the film a horror/thriller feel , the meticulously orchestrated mise-en-scene and, of course, the amazing nuances and depth of Julianne Moore's artistic gifts. In terms of what the film is trying to say, there is a real sense of satire in the second section of the film When Carol goes to the commune to be 'cured' but there is no insistence upon one single message. This is reflected with a deeply ambiguous ending which leaves one feeling anxious and confused.Overall, 'Safe' is a masterful piece of work. The team of Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes is as we have seen with 'Far From Heaven' a match made ... in heaven. I would urge those who appreciate non maintream, thought provoking and unconventional films to give it try, just don't go in with 'Hollywood' expectations as you will be disappointed. Finally, I'd like to end by reiterating what is possibly the film's main strength - the presence of Julianne Moore. This truly is a captivating performance from her, and certainly one of the most astonishing I am likely ever to see. 'Safe' gives us the chance to watch this gifted actress in one of her most underrated, little seen, yet most remarkable roles.
Not for all tastes, but a superb movie, without doubt. The direction is austere and the character is almost too shallow to care about, but the brilliance of the script and the film as a whole is that it doesn't instruct the viewer what to think, but presents plenty of material to think about. The ending is subtly devastating. Also, the movie contains two or three of the most striking, haunting images I've seen in the past half decade in film.Someone else compared it to "Dead Ringers", and this is apt in many ways, though the subject matter is less perverse. "Safe" <more>
shares a similar aesthetic both in the distance the director takes from the narrative and some matters of style.Recommended for the daring.
I call this an important film because it deals with a very topical social issue in an original and subtle manner. It is also ambiguous as the previous reviewer pointed out , which is something American audiences and critics often can't handle. Carol, an affluent suburban housewife played by Julianne Moore, is becoming increasingly disturbed and unable to cope with the alleged pollution and impurities in the environment. What could have been a "disease of the week" TV movie, however, is handled with surprising depth by director Todd Haynes. Carol ends up in a new agey community <more>
dedicated to healing people like herself. What is fascinating is that Safe, while exploring the pressures and toxicity of modern life, is also a brilliant look at the pathology of fleeing from life and seeking an environment of "purity." For Carol ends up, instead of recovering, more and more alienated and withdrawn. Safe does not provide answers to this dilemma, but it sure makes us look at some difficult questions.
"Safe" is a deadly accurate portrayal of a few of the perils of environmental illness and some of the responses to it by those experiencing it and by those around them. It allows the viewer to feel vividly the vague nothingness felt by the main character, Carol, as her health spirals downward.I was moved to tears by many of the scenes in the first half of the movie, as I identified strongly with her growing indecisiveness, unfinished sentences, and stumbling about. I find it sad that many people still do not yet recognize environmental illness when it occurs, and sadder still that <more>
many choose to believe it is "all in a person's head" as portrayed by some of the characters in the movie. This movie shows all too well the dangers of our convenient society. Unfortunately, I wish other alternatives had also been shown as possible treatments.Julianne Moore gave a stunning performance, with the one exception of the dry, somewhat unreal-sounding cough. Her actions and movements perfectly mimic many of those of someone experiencing an overly toxic load. I would encourage anyone who is interested in discovering what it's like to be afraid to walk down a public hallway to watch this movie. Demons often lurk in unexpected places, insidiously creeping into our lives as we unknowingly invite them in.Anyone who is unfamiliar with environmental illness or denies its existence may find this movie to be tedious and slow. I would encourage these people to take a more careful second look at what this is all about. "Safe" is a brief encapsulation of many facets dealing with environmental illness. It deliberately leaves many questions unanswered, inviting discussion on many topics.
"Safe" is sort of like "The Exorcist" in reverse. Julianne Moore plays a woman in such denial about her severe unhappiness that her body seems to take her over. She gets treated for environmental sensitivity, which is just smokescreen for escaping her truly awful suburban existence. She is a weak, shallow, childish, ignorant woman living a meaningless existence in a sterile, cavernous suburban California home with a husband who doesn't give a rat's ass about her. When she does escape, she begins the slow process of self-realization and the path to happiness. <more>
Director Haynes is walking a tightrope with this one. Is this an activist film attacking our industrially and chemically toxic world? An unflinching chronicle of a woman's psychological shutdown? A satire of modern society's reliance on medicine and "quick cures?" A thriller about an "ordinary" woman overtaken with paranoia, where the villain is the entire world rather than a murderer? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. It's an extraordinary effort, aided by Moore's seductive, brilliant performance. Haynes is a genius. His visual style in this film is hypnotic. "Safe" is a gem.
Perhaps too ambiguous, but certainly interesting (by zetes)
Safe is perhaps a tad too ambiguous for its own good. The film focuses on a suburban housewife Julianne Moore who feels sick for no reason. Her doctor suggests psychological treatment, but she finds more comfort in the idea that her sickness is caused by environmental factors, such as car fumes and the like. Haynes never answers the question of what is really affecting Moore. One moment you're sure it's psychological, then physical symptoms displayed by the woman are undeniable. It's not that I really wanted the questions answered, but the constant toying with the audience does <more>
become a strain, especially as the film runs for two hours and not much happens. There's also the possibility that the story isn't meant to represent reality, but instead it might be allegorical. This makes it all the more difficult to unravel. I know I sound sort of negative in this review, but I did like it. I don't think it works completely, but I found it fascinating. One reason it does work at all is that Haynes' major goal seems to want to put us inside Moore's head. It shows us what it would be like to suffer and not know why, and how comfortable it might be to, say, join a cult, which is basically what she does in the end. Not entirely satisfying, but definitely well worth a look.