Aroview: An exquisitely designed pastiche of 50s soap opera that mimics the look and acting style of vintage-movie melodrama but cleverly deviates by speaking loudly on two strictly ‘hush-hush’ themes of the era – homosexuality and inter-racial romance.
Juliannne Moore is radiant as a society wife and mother whose idyllic, upper middle-class suburban existence threatens to crumble when she discovers her corporate-flyer husband’s sexual digressions and finds herself taking comfort in her “negro” gardener. Directly inspired by, but not a remake of, Douglas Sirk’s masterpiece ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, the new film uniquely devises a new garment from old cloth (in heavenly autumnal hues), at once celebrating the allure of cinema and nostalgia and exposing the rigid conformity and hypocrisy that was especially endemic in society of the time.
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4 stars (Very Good) A housewife living an idyllic 50's existence with a beautiful home, handsome husband & two children learns of her husband's gay affair and finds solace in the company of her black gardener. Ingeniously explores both themes very believably. ~GenXGirl
4 stars (Very Good) Julianne Moore in a subtle portrayal of a wife and mother,coping with the dark side of 1950's American Dream. I'll bet it was required viewing for the makers of Madmen. ~Anon
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