Director Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Safe
) makes an art film posing as a 1950s Technicolor melodrama. Julianne Moore, the only actress who is, in fact, naturally Technicolored, stars as housewife Cathy Whitaker, who is so mannered and uptight that youd think she was a Barbie doll that somehow became a real girl. Strangely, everyone in the Hartford, Conn. suburb where she lives has the exact same manners. The one thing they try not to have are feelings, so its quite a strain on her marriage when her husband comes down with actual human emotions. More terrible, these emotions are directed at other men, and theyre not violent or competitive emotions: theyre loving emotions, the worst kind of all. How will the Technicolor world survive this? And why is Cathy talking to a Negro man? These questions and more are answered in the most accurate remake of a Douglas Sirk film ever attempted. If you want to see film raised to the level of renaissance painting, you should definitely check out Far From Heaven
. With any luck it might turn out to be the weirdest movie ever to get nominated for an Oscar.