Based on Nathalie Robins and Steven Aronson’s award-winning novel, which tells the incredible true story of Barbara Daly, wife of Brooks Baekeland, the dashing heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Beautiful, charismatic, Barbara is still not a match for her betterborn husband. The birth of the couple’s only child, Tony, rocks the uneasy balance in this marriage of extremes. Tony is a failure in his father’s eyes, and as he matures he becomes increasingly close to his lonely mother. The seeds for a tragedy of spectacular decadence are sown.
Tom Kalin (born 1962) is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, producer, and professor of experimental film at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.
His debut feature, Swoon, is considered an integral part of the New Queer Cinema. In addition to his feature work, Kalin has created a number of short films, many of which are collected in the compilations Behold Goliath or The Boy With the Filthy Laugh, Third Known Nest and Tom Kalin Videoworks: Volume 2.
Much of Kalin’s work touches on issues of homosexuality (both modern-day and historical) and AIDS. He was a member of two AIDS direct action groups, ACT UP and Gran Fury. His work has won much critical acclaim and garnered a number of awards and nominations, including honors from the Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Fest and a number of gay and lesbian film festivals. Kalin won the Gotham Awards Open Palm Award (for Swoon) and has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards… read more
Julianne Moore has a stellar role in this movie as the beautiful and decadent Barbara Baekeland. I enjoyed so much watching the distorted relationship between her and her son, Tony... Eddie Redmayne delivered it great! Beautiful sets and landscapes too. I was shocked to know this was in fact inspired by real life events and people!