Sight and Sound - 06/01/2008
"The performances are uniformly strong: Julianne Moore uses her trademark luminescence to communicate Barbara's ill-conceived hunger for experience and love, and she's a magnetic screen presence..."
Rolling Stone - 06/12/2008
"[The director] uses dark humor and artful style to pull you into a tale of the rich abusing their privileges....Moore delivers a tour de force..."
USA Today - 06/13/2008
"[With] haunting performances....Moore is excellent....Her son, Tony, is brilliantly played by Eddie Redmayne. For an actor so young, it is astounding..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/13/2008
"[Director Tom Kalin] brings a maturity and restraint to material that could be played for sensationalized kicks, crafting instead a work of rigorous verve and careful, skillful modulation."
Like his landmark debut SWOON, Tom Kalin's long-awaited follow-up is based on a shocking true story. This time around, Kalin uses the celebrated nonfiction book by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson as his source material in order to revisit one of the 20th century's most notorious family tragedies. Julianne Moore (SAFE, SHORT CUTS) plays Barbara Daly, a damaged but beautiful woman who elevates her status when she marries Brooks Baekeland (Stephen Dillane), heir to a plastics fortune. The birth of a son, Tony (Eddie Redmayne), does nothing to solve Brooks and Barbara's conflicted relationship. As Tony grows older and the family relocates from New York City to Paris to Spain to Ibiza throughout the 1950s and '60s, Barbara's fanatical smothering has left her son a sheepish wreck. The fact that he's homosexual only makes matters worse. Unable to escape from his mother's clutches, Tony begins to lose his mind, spurring a fatal act that will destroy the family.
SAVAGE GRACE finds Moore delivering one of her most electrifying and challenging performances. She brings humanity and credibility to a character who is deeply damaged. Kalin's bold decision to present six chapters in the family's saga, as opposed to taking a more traditional route, results in a richer and more intellectual work. Let it be known, SAVAGE GRACE has some truly dark material that will shock many viewers. But Kalin's artistry as a director keeps it from feeling like mere exploitation.
Description by Weinstein Company/Genius:
Set across a stunning backdrop ranging from New York to Paris to Cadaqués, Savage Grace is the incredible true story of a scandal that even remains shocking. The beautiful Barbara Daly (Academy Award-nominee Julianne Moore; The Hours, Boogie Nights) marries above her social class to the dashing heir of the Bakelite plastics fortune, Brooks Baekeland (Stephen Dillane of the HBO miniseries "John Adams"). The birth of the couple's only child, Tony (Eddie Redmayne of The Good Shepard), intensifies the already volatile marriage. As Tony matures, he becomes an unwilling pawn in the psychosexual games of his parents, and the seeds for a tragedy of spectacular decadence are sown which challenge even the most shocking taboos. Tom Kalin's (Swoon) return to cinema has dazzled and stunned audiences from the Cannes to the Sundance Film Festivals.
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