Safe (1995)

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Todd Haynes presents a revisionist take on the paranoia thriller with this story of a Southern California housewife who suddenly falls victim to an inexplicable, apparently incurable illness. Carol White (Julianne Moore) lives with her husband and son in suburban comfort until she collapses one day, for no apparent reason. Her condition worsens in the weeks that follow, as she suffers from coughing fits, exhaustion, and spontaneous nose bleeds, triggered by sources as disparate as car exhaust, … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Haynes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast


as Carol White

as Peter Dunning

as Greg White

as Dr. Hubbard

as Susan

as Dr. Reynolds

as Barbara

as Hairdresser

as Marilyn

as Dr. Hubbard

as Dry Cleaners Manager

as Department Store Dis...

as Waitress

as Client's Wife

as Patrolman

as Psychiatrist

as Baby Shower Mother

as Baby Shower Child

as Video Narrator

as Becky, Auditorium Sp...

as Listener No. 1

as Listener No. 2

as Patient No. 1

as Patient No. 2

as Patient No. 3

as Aerobics Instructor

as Exterminator

as Accompanist

as Wrenwood Instructor

as Wrenwood Patient

as Cab Driver

as Accompanist

as Patient No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Safe

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13)

Moore, in a nearly unplayable role, is amazingly vivid and touching; this is a heartbreaking portrait of a woman in full, panicked retreat from life.

Full Review… | June 24, 2013
New Yorker
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You'd have to be cranky or blind to deny Haynes' artistry and vision. There's a dark power, a tremor that runs through the movie like the rumble of a secret dread.

Full Review… | June 24, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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This creepy art movie will stay with you.

Full Review… | July 21, 2010
Chicago Reader
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In a summer of heavyweight action movies and flyweight romantic comedies, I don't think you'll find a more provocative little number than Safe, which creeps under your skin like a rash.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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The audaciousness that marked Todd Haynes' earlier work has been supplanted by self-important preachiness.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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The ironic handling of decor and characterisation builds an eerie portrait of the blissed-out West Coast bourgeoisie at their most brainwashed.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Safe

Provoking look at how we struggle to deal with disease and mortality in our godless world.

Relevant and frightening if perhaps a tad sluggish and studied. Director Todd Haynes does amazing things on shoestring budgets.

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Bob Stinson

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½

An intriguing, unsettling look at a na´ve, sheltered housewife (Julianne Moore) who becomes very sick, only to have her doctors tell her they have no idea what is wrong with her. When she decides to move to join a group centered on wellness led by a charismatic leader (Peter Friedman), her health continues to plummet. What makes this thing watchable and interesting is director Todd Haynes take on environment and how sometimes where we live and who we surround ourselves with is the true poison to one's overall health. Moore's rock-solid performance anchors this movie throughout its entirety, and it still has a chilling effect on one after the credits roll.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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i'm pretty sure this is a horror film. it's creepy as hell. director todd haynes walks a tightrope here. we never know for sure whose side he's on. it's verging on parody at some points but never quite. and the sound design is awesome. chilling from the first scene. i see a lot of comments about frustratingly slow pace and tbh it took me more than one sitting but i found it fascinating in the main

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Stella Dallas

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