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Two Films by Todd Haynes: “Safe” and “Far from Heaven,” 10/30/2008

Set in an affluent neighbourhood of the San Fernando Valley in 1987, Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995, 119m) recounts the life of a seemingly unremarkable homemaker, Carol White (played by Julianne Moore) who develops multiple chemical sensitivity. As Carol displays increasingly disturbing and apparently causeless symptoms, the emotional emptiness of her life becomes clear and moving to a New Age community further beyond the suburbs only increases her isolation and illness. Described as a “horror movie of the soul,” this eerie medical thriller was voted best film of the 1990s by the Village Voice and garnered Todd Haynes the American Independent Award from the Seattle International Film Festival.

Organized by the Transnational Film and Media Studies Collaborative. Cosponsored by The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.

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