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Aro Favourite Far From Heaven


USA 2002, 103 minutes
Dir. Todd Haynes
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama / Independent, LGBT

Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures, Period 1950s.


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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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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