I am not sure if the narrative really worked. The director did a great job of stringing together some great scenes, but the film remains a virtuoso performance by Moore. It rings hollow at the core, as do "artsy" films that try their hand at social problems. Social problems, like Ibsen's plays, demand a solution, and treating them in this quasi high art fashion leaves a lot out.
so consistently equivocal, there's a consistent balance between space and intensity in Hayne's camera. Among the number of interpretations, I think the film is extremely great at conveying the self-doubt and mental atrophy which occurs when there's friction with norms and expectations. Carol's alienation and distance from everyone around her is so indelible. 4.5
A disturbing and mesmeric film turning a subtle but scornful eye on the lifestyles and obsessions of rich suburbanites and the dubious convictions of new age gurus. Juliette Moore seems to waste away before our eyes till all she has left is the ghost of her former self, drained of energy and intellect. Both of its time and ahead of its time since it resonates with the language of Extinction Rebellion zealots.
Decompensation occurring on learning one has something out of the ordinary,which will be not easy to fix. The perils of being different quickly show, cleaving social status and relationships in an instant. Finding a way to dodge some of those 60k chemical products. Topical, (the number is greater nowadays.)
Película de horror para hipocondriacos y gente con alergias. Sirve como alegoría de la deshumanización presente en la civilización Occidental y el capitalismo. Es fácil ver a la gente sensible como locos o inadaptados. Lo triste es que la película presenta como imposible el encontrar un justo medio entre la sociedad y el individuo, el consumismo y el amor propio, sacrificando una cosa por la otra.
Safe feels at one with Mulholland Drive and Magnolia in its depiction of a hellish LA, depicting a different type of White Flight. Julianne Moore, starting a tremendous run of films, is excellent as the housewife terrorized by modern life, pushed to greater degrees of isolation. There's something Cronenberg-like in its haunting score and general unease, particularly when the plot relocates to a 'purified' rural cult.
An upsetting insight into the possible desolaition experienced by the average unremarkable person and the impacts this loneliness can have on their own sense of self. The soundtrack also gave impressive magnitude to seemingly mundane activities (e.g. salon scene).
This could honestly pass as a psychological horror film, especially early on when Carol begins to bear the brunt of her environmental illness, as the rote facade that everyday life seems to present shatters. Although it doesn't retain an overt sense of horror the whole way through, the feelings of isolation and disconnect remain, with equally sobering results. One of the most unsettling films I have seen in a while.
Documentary in the skin of a drama but with no drama and less documenting. The allegation against the perniciousness of modern industrialisation finds itself stuck in the wrong format, dull & dumb, regrettable. Julianne Moore is the fragile, disempowered middle-class housewife struggling to emancipate but her perils are seemingly so banal, often inscrutable, at times even clownish, a summary of this dispensable film.