Movie Review: Far from Heaven (2002)

The way we (really) were _________ 9/10

Far_From_HeavenCathy Whitaker: That was the day I stopped believing in the wild ardor of things. Perhaps in love, as well. That kind of love. The love in books and films. The love that tells us to abandon our lives and plans, all for one brief touch of Venus. So often we fail at that kind of love. The world just seems too fragile a place for it. And of every other kind, life remains full.  Perhaps it’s just we who are too fragile.

When I read the above bittersweet reflection from Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore)—homemaker extraordinaire in upscale, extremely class-conscious 1957 Hartford, Connecticut, and wife to Frank Whitaker (Dennis Quaid), high-powered sales executive at a leading ad agency—I thought, wow, that’s my exact impression of her… and sums up a major idea of the movie.  The only problem is I’ve been back over the DVD several times, and I can’t find where anyone says these words!  [If any of my readers can locate the statement, please contact me on the Coffee Coaster Blog.] Continue reading