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Far From Heaven

Far From Heaven

Date: Dec 04 2002


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Hello Movie Fans!
This week Miguel and Tanis review the new film, Far From Heaven starring Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. For several reasons, Miguel thinks it is one of the best movies he has seen this year. Listen and see if you agree with Miguel’s reasons why the movie is so good.


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Tanis:  Hey Miguel, I thought you were going to come over to my house on Sunday. Did you have a late night on Saturday or something?

Miguel:   Well it wasn’t too late, but I did go out and see a last minute movie, Far From Heaven. Have you heard of that?

Tanis:  Oh my gosh! Yeah I’ve, I for some reason thought it didn’t come out until next week. Was it good?

Miguel:  Oh it was incredible! It was like, it was one of those movies where the implication of it is really almost overwhelming just because it it says so much about our society and again about people and…I don’t know. It was something you have to see, I don’t want to ruin it for you.

Tanis:   Well can you tell me a little bit about the plot?

Miguel:  Well basically it’s about a 1950’s family that’s like perfect on the outside, but really has a lot of problems, and it’s kind of a picture or snapshot of the 1950’s life when, where everyone wanted to be perfect but really there was a lot of unrest, like an undercurrent of of, I don’t know societal confusion and stuff. Like, I don’t…, it’s hard to…, it’s difficult to explain except to say that um, it really makes you realize that life is never perfect and people are never perfect.

Tanis:   That sounds really interesting, it kind of sounds like um, maybe a, a 1950’s version of American Beauty. Would you say that?

Miguel:  Yeah, it’s exactly like that, and did you see the movie Pleasantville?

Tanis:  Oh yeah, yeah.

Miguel:  It’s kind of like that, the same idea that, you know, underneath this black and white simplicity there’s really a lot of color in people’s personality and a lot of diversity.

Tanis:   Well I am really intrigued. I loved the review that I read of it or just the idea behind it and I like Julianne Moore a lot. Who is the guy who is in the movie?

Miguel:   Uh, well, there’s two. Dennis Quaid is the, is the husband and then there’s also uh, something Haysbert and he’s really good too, the cast is really really really good. I would, I mean it’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year for sure!

Tanis:  Seriously!? Oh I’m excited, then I’ll go see it right away.



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Both Miguel and Tanis compare the movie to several other films that have the same genre. Have you ever seen a film that reminded you of another one? Sometimes I think movie makers run out of new ideas and just keep re-doing old ones.
Of course some other movies, like the James Bond series copy a successful formula on purpose. I do like the theme in this movie that Miguel talked about with Tanis. I think I would like to see it myself.
See you at the movies!
- Anna



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