Magazine article New Internationalist

Far from Heaven

Magazine article New Internationalist

Far from Heaven

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Kathy is a good person. When her husband works late at the office, she takes him his evening meal. When she learns that her black gardener's father has died, she commiserates - genuinely. She has a dream home, a fashionable wardrobe, two loving and obedient children and an executive hubby - Frank. Her life - as a woman in Hartford, Connecticut in the late 1950s - is perfect.

Or so it seems. Until one evening Cathy discovers Frank kissing and caressing... a man. Caring and liberal-minded, Cathy supports him, suggesting psychiatric treatment for his homosexual urges. Frank withdraws into booze and violence - Cathy finds solace in a growing friendship with Raymond, the gardener.

It's difficult for us, nearly 50 years on, not to be knowing, even superior, about such things. We know better. But Far from Heaven is a film of great emotional resonance precisely because it hasn't a trace of irony or knowingness. …

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