Far From Heaven

Release Date: November 22nd, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 1st, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

The story - which crosses both sexual and racial lines - revolves around a privileged suburban family whose lives are filled with daily family etiquette, social events at the club, and an overall desire to keep up with the Joneses. The family is turned upside down when both husband and wife are faced with choices that not only create a gossip mill for the entire community but also change their entire lives forever.

Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Celia Weston

Director: Todd Haynes

Genres: Drama

Production Co: John Wells Productions, USA Films, Section Eight Ltd., Killer Films, Clear Blue Sky Productions

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Forbidden love, Emotional, Hotel, 1950s, Wife, Friendship, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Yet dramatic energy is in short supply. The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The movie is, start to finish, candy-colored angst. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert are called on to play characters whose instincts are wholly different from their own. By succeeding, they make their characters real, instead of stereotypes. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)