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!
Really disturbing story, well developed at the beginning, but not so well from the middle on: the insanity turns out too abruptly.
Fascinating film to watch, especially in the way Tom Kalin recreates the late 60s in this movie, but you really don't get much sense of what led young Tony to kill his mother other than the dog collar being so important to him that he could never forgive her for trying to hide it from him.
So gorgeous that it manages to make incest sexy. Almost. No, no, it's still pretty disturbing. But the movie is sexy. Figure that one out. It's great fun to watch Julianne and Eddie bite into each harrowing, almost hallucinatory scene. The whole thing comes off as a juicy Albee play that made scandalous love with an avant-garde fashion editorial and birthed a gay Lars von Trier. It's a bit of a bumpy ride.
It is just wonderful to see homosexuality depicted as a sexually deviant behaviour, often discovered in individuals with incestuous and homicidal tendencies. This story had the potential to explore so many interesting historical, social and psychological avenues yet the film-makers were set on candidly exposing the sordid details of the characters. A shame.