Safe

  • 118'
  • USA
  • 1995
Carol White (Julianne Moore), a Californian housewife in the prime of her life, is suddenly hit by a mysterious illness. Is she really sick, or just imagining her symptoms? Her life, which used to be focused on the routine running of a luxurious household, now becomes dominated by her illness. Director Todd Haynes has always been interested in analysing the complex structure of identity and desire. Safe (1995), his enigmatic and multilayered masterpiece, explores them as pure constructs smoothly determined by social conditions rather than a personal will, which in the case of Carol White is almost absent. In that sense her strange undiagnosed sickness is not just a symptom of disintegration but also a personal protest, a desperate attempt to ward off the invisible blankness that gradually devours her. But is there a real chance to escape it, and at what price?
Director
Todd Haynes
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1995
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
118'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick
Production Companies
Killer Films, American Playhouse Abroad (NY)
Sales
The Works Film Group
Screenplay
Todd Haynes
Editor
James Lyons
Cast
Jodie Markell