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2,734 Ratings

Far From Heaven

Directed by Todd Haynes
United States, France, 2002
Drama, LGBTQ+, History


Todd Haynes’ homage to Douglas Sirk’s style of social critique by way of melodrama masterfully tells the story of a well-to-do suburban Connecticut couple in the 1950s, straitjacketed by convention, desperate to live the lives they really want.

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Far From Heaven Directed by Todd Haynes

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2002 | 4 wins including: Best Actress

2002 | Honorable Mention: SIGNIS Award

Academy Awards

2003 | 4 nominations including: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2003 | 5 wins including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

The kind of nod Haynes engages in here is not the nudge of Godard or De Palma, but rather an honest pastiche and one of the few films to truly replicate Sirk’s effects and apply them to new situations.
November 17, 2015
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Though there are several layers of metacinematic removal in the film, the experience was pure and direct: here was a convincing simulacrum—conveyed via costumes, lighting, score, editing, and performance style—of an outdated mode of cinematic presentation. More than ten years on, Far from Heaven’s effect is doubly poignant: it was shot on film on the cusp of the digital revolution, and now also remains a testament to its medium in its very being and texture.
September 16, 2013
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Todd Haynes’s Far From Heaven – a revisionist pastiche of the Technicolor melodramas Douglas Sirk made for Universal Pictures in the 1950s — was easily, and in some ways deservedly, the most popular movie among critics at the Toronto film festival in September. Though less obviously a tour de force than many flashier recent art films, such as Alexander Sokurov’s one-take featureRussian Ark, it’s no less impressive as a technical achievement.
November 22, 2002
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