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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,
Jun 23, 1995 Wide
Aug 21, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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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.
Todd Haynes has always tended towards the clinical, an approach which in this dark and ambiguous allegory proves ever so coolly appropriate.
Beautifully constructed, chilling internal nightmare where every scene plays out like a little mini movie in and of itself. Brilliant.
Like Carol, this gifted filmmaker seems to be trapped inside a shell -- devoting his considerable intelligence mainly to justifying his own sense of paralysis.
Though the film had a miniscule budget, it looks outstanding with its dull, muted colors and godawful lite-rock soundtrack.
Richer in subtext than text, this poignant, much misunderstood deconstructive film, about environmental diseseas, New Age therapy and TV movie of the week, deserves a second look due to meanings and Julianne Moore's terrific performance in a tough role
Moore gives a superb performance, see it
An overpraised, go-nowhere project.
Pretentious, stilted and beyond dull.
There is evidence to support a number of claims of Safe's contemporary social relevance, but the film is durably and tacitly ambiguous.
Stylish, unsettling and deeply provocative, this is brilliant filmmaking on every level, destined to become an American classic.
Safe is a movie that's so ambivalently torn between mocking its subject and looking at her with complete conviction that it becomes exhilarating.
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