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Safe
USA 1995
Directed by Todd Haynes
Running time 118 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars


Originally released in 1995, long before the success of Haynes' retro-melodrama Far From Heaven (2002) which also starred Julianne Moore, Safe is very much a dry-run for that film, dealing as it does with a model housewife whose picture-perfect life is in crisis. Whilst it lacks that film's poignant decorum and simulacrumatic polish and hence will probably not find as wide an audience (though the recreation of 1980s fashion in hair, dress and interior décor is repellantly fabulous), it is in many ways a more confronting and, if that's your thing, a better film. BH

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