Perfect '50s homemaker, mother, and wife Cathy (Moore) faces her husband Frank's (Quaid) emerging homosexual desires, which culminate in her witnessing him in an intimate kiss with another man at the office. When Cathy seeks comfort from her black gardener (Haysbert), scandal and hatred spread and wrenching truths are found. Melodramatic (in the Douglas Sirk tradition) tale of social/racial taboos and a woman's sacrifice is intriguing. Moore's performance is Oscar caliber (she got a nomination), Quaid's fearless, and Lachman's retro-chic visuals also exhibit stunning craftsmanship, while Bernstien's lush score sets the proper mood.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 107 minutes.
Originally from United States.
Ind. Spirit 2003: Actress (Moore), Cinematog., Director (Haynes), Film, Support. Actor (Quaid); L.A. Film Critics 2002: Actress (Moore), Cinematog., Score; Natl. Bd. of Review 2002: Actress (Moore); N.Y. Film Critics 2002: Cinematog., Director (Haynes), Film, Support. Actor (Quaid), Support. Actress (Clarkson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2002: Cinematog., Support. Actress (Clarkson).
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