One of the many impressive aspects of Far From Heaven is how accurately it evokes the 1950s era. You can sort of guess the period in which the film is set in just by looking at a couple of scenes. The gorgeous work of DP Edward Lachmann goes a long way in transporting us to the 50s. There is so much to admire on just a visual level that we tend to forget the brilliance in the writing and performances.
When we look at the film and the themes it explores, a common element is escape. Julianne Moore wants to escape an unhappy marriage. Dennis Quaid wants to escape from his marriage and be with a someone he loves. Dennis Haysbert wants to be escape the depressing reality of racism in 1950s America. Moore and Haysbert have a common destination but they both know that it isn’t practically possible to get there. It would have made the audience happy to see them get together but would that have really possible in real life ? It would have been easy for director Todd Haynes to give them an escape from reality but by not doing that, the impact is more heartbreaking and devastating. In a way, at the end of the film, Moore really is Far From Heaven.
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