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Format: DVD
Sku: 40219719
UPC: 025192245626
UPC 14: 00025192245626
Rating: Game Rating Code
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What imprisons desires of the heart?
A seductive story of one seemingly perfect family and the forbidden desires that threaten to tear them apart.

"Rarely does there come along a movie of such quality on so many levels.  Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Perhaps the year's most daring and fully realized movie.  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...a dazzling conceptual feat, but more than that, it's a work of enthralling drama.  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid "Give The Performances of Their Careers!  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
The model marriage of Frank (Dennis Quaid) and Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) in 1950s Hartford is depicted in television ads, and a magazine features photographs of Cathy as a model homemaker and citizen. Yet, behind the curtains of their dream home, Cathy and Frank hide scandalous secrets. Frank has been masquerading his homosexuality and is seeing a doctor for a heterosexual conversion. Meanwhile, Cathy finds solace in her gardener, Raymond (Dennis Haysbert), a black man about whom Cathy must conceal her growing feelings, since simply being seen with him is cause for scandal.

Filmmaker Douglas Sirk employed the trappings of the melodrama to satirize and criticize narrow minds in the 1950s status quo with films such as ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS. Todd Haynes (SAFE) uses Sirk's highly stylized universe to critique society half a century later in FAR FROM HEAVEN. The film uses thematic elements of Sirk's such as isolating characters through windows and vivid, symbolic colors and flowers. It also applies Sirkian plot devices such as gossiping neighbors and demonizing television. Attacking prejudice, Haynes' methods are particularly effective as he uses an antiquated style of filmmaking to shed light on societal problems that are pervasive even in the 21st Century.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/24/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22456
Video UPC UPC: 00025192245626
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bette Henritze
Video Cast Info Dennis Haysbert
Video Cast Info Dennis Quaid
Video Cast Info James Rebhorn
Video Cast Info Julianne Moore
Video Cast Info Patricia Clarkson
Video Cast Info Viola Davis
Video Cast Info Edward Lachman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Todd Haynes - Director
Video Cast Info James Lyons - Editor
Video Cast Info Elmer Bernstein - Original Music
Video Cast Info Christine Vachon - Producer
Video Cast Info Jody Patton - Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Friedberg - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Todd Haynes - Writer


Oscar (2003)
   Video Award Name Edward Lachman, Nominee, Best Achievement in Cinematography
   Video Award Name Elmer Bernstein, Nominee, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
   Video Award Name Julianne Moore, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Todd Haynes, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...FAR FROM HEAVEN is nothing short of a masterpiece....It seems, in a single visionary stroke, to have taken the spirit of American independent cinema and brought it full circle back to the soul of vintage Hollywood..." 09/27/2002 p.49-54

Hollywood Reporter
"...It's a bold experiment....[With a] terrific look and perfectly pitched performances..." 09/03/2002 p.20

Rolling Stone
"...A gorgeously overheated imitation of life..." 10/19/2002 p.114

"...An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content....The film is a jewel on every technical level. Its visual sumptuousness seduces from the opening frame to the last..." 09/09/2002 p.29

Box Office
"...[Moore gives an] extraordinarily nuanced performance..." 11/01/2002 p.126-7

New York Times
"...Ardent and intelligent....Mr. Haynes is fiercely devoted to his actors....It discover the aching, desiring humanity in a genre -- and a period....In a word, it's divine..." 11/08/2002 p.E1

USA Today
"...Haynes gets the look and feel right...FAR FROM HEAVEN also has emotional force..." 11/08/2002 p.7E

Total Film
"Julianne Moore is excellent." 01/01/2004 p.121

"Quaid won numerous awards....Arguably his richest performance." 03/01/2005 p.65

The Village Voice 10 of 10
Sirk is a figure who has thrived on exegesis, his own and others'. For those familiar with the Sirkian text, Haynes (like Mark Rappaport in Rock Hudson's Home Movies) has done a splendid job of filmed film criticism. Without resorting to camp or parody, Haynes (like Sirk, but differently) has transformed the rhetoric of Hollywood melodrama into something provocative, rich, and strange. For those who are not Sirk-literate, Far From Heaven may seem even more startling-a full-bodied simulation of a genre that, historically speaking, should no longer exist. It may well be the American movie of the year. - J. Hoberman

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Because the film deliberately lacks irony, it has a genuine dramatic impact; it plays like a powerful 1957 drama we've somehow never seen before. The effect is oddly jolting: Contemporary movies take so many subjects for granted that they never really look at them. Haynes, by moving back in time, is able to bring his issues into focus. We care about the characters in the way its period expected us to. - Roger Ebert

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
Haynes' style and approach draw the viewer in gently, but firmly. Once we are established in the seemingly-perfect world of Cathy and Frank, he allows their marriage and their lives to unravel before our eyes. Far From Heaven is not "realistic" in the traditional sense of the word (Haynes calls it "hyper-realistic"), but the emotions of the characters are genuine, and we feel for them and with them. In the end, Far From Heaven tells a simple story, but there's nothing remotely simple about the impact it has upon the viewer. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Moore,Julianne
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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