Gorgeously designed and well acted but ultimately meaningless. Gets closer to striking a note when it starts exploring its protagonist's sanity, but it's too little too late. The problem with biopics, especially when they're "torn from the headlines," is that a whole life is just too much to fit into one film; it becomes a reductive outline without any of the connective tissue that makes character drama so tasty.
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.
Ugh! What was Julianne Moore thinking? Here her famous bravery looks more like daft masochism. Everything about this insular and airless film, from the anal-retentive parceling out of time to the drab look to the coy, gasping scandalmongering, is totally empty and darn near exploitative.
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!
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.
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.