Wealthy housewife, Carol White, more anaesthetised than alienated, fills the empty hours with aerobic classes, lunches and buying couches. But her world of domestic oblivion careers of its axis when she becomes allergic to her environment – car fumes, the dry-cleaners and even the new couch. Welcoming retreat, she finally ends up in a creepy New Age Healing Center. From what was very little in the first place, Carol’s life disintegrates to practically nothing at all… –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Filmmaker Todd Haynes is known for making provocative films that subvert narrative structure and resound with transgressive, complex eroticism. The content of his work has made Haynes the subject of both acclaim and controversy, a whipping boy for debates about NEA funding and a figurehead in the new queer cinema. Although he doesn’t characterize himself as a gay filmmaker who makes exclusively gay films, he has pointed out in interviews that to do this would be taking only the content instead of the form of his films into consideration; Haynes’ name has become synonymous with that cinematic movement and its work to both expose and redefine the contours of queer culture in America and beyond. Born January 2, 1961, in Los Angeles, Haynes grew up in nearby Encino. He developed an interest in film at a young age, and while still a high school student, he produced his first film, a short about contemporary teenage life entitled The Suicide (1978). Haynes went on to study at Brown University… read more
Idiosyncratic vortex of cold humour and modern dread (unhurried vortex). Defies genre. Very human. Very horrific.
Though analogies have been drawn with Lynch and Antonioni, Safe reserves a spot on the postmodern turf of its own volition - if anything, closer to Blue Velvet’s subversion of suburbia, with its precise, yet slightly off-centre framing and laconic interactions suggesting something more elusive under the surface, in tapping into the psyche of its characters and the urbanised landscapes. Haynes not so much adopts the collective consciousness as he does slowly shatter it from the inside - to call it ethereal would be too simple; rather, an enveloping work.
Remarkable visual and audio rhyming between Todd Haynes’ Safe and David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr.
Imagine um encontro inusitado entre o pintor Edward Hopper (com suas figuras solit… read review
Non sapevo da dove cominciare con Todd Haynes. Amo molto questo regista, e fino all’ultimo la mia penna era divisa tra Safe e I’m Not There. Ogni volta che riguardo uno di questi film lo preferisco… read review
Director: Todd Haynes
Writers: Todd Haynes
Jodie… read review