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Title:
Safe
Author:
Haynes, Todd, film director.
Edition:
Special edition.
Publication Information:
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus DVD.
Summary:
Carol White is an L.A. housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies. A prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what cannot be seen.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1995.

Special features: audio commentary; conversation between Haynes and Moore; "The suicide", a 1978 short film by Haynes; New interview with Vachon; trailer; essay by critic Dennis Lim.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R; for a sex scene and brief language.
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9781604659313
UPC:
715515133111
Format :
DVD

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Carol White is an L.A. housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies. A prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what cannot be seen.


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An upper-middle-class L.A. housewife (Julianne Moore) suffering from an elusive malady whose symptoms-coughing fits, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, etc.-may be psychosomatic or caused by environmental allergies futilely relies on a trendy, self-help treatment center even as her condition worsens. Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) initially perplexed audiences and critics with his just-show-don't-tell approach, but, for viewers who do not require clear-cut answers, time has been kind to this allegorical drama. [See Trailers, LJ 11/1/14.] (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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