Savage Grace - of weird incestuous relations


Savage Grace (Spain/USA/France, 2007)

Seen: Thursday, 25th February 2010 (cinema)
Runtime: 97′
Director: Tom Kalin
Cast: Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne
Production House: 120dB Films
Plot: (from imdb)

The true story of the beautiful and charismatic Barbara Daly, who married above her class to Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Their only child is a failure in his father’s eyes, and as he matures and becomes increasingly close to his lonely mother, the seeds for tragedy are sown.


Impressions In Short
It was amusing enough. I enjoyed it mainly for some of the laughs and awkwardness (my weird sense of humour again, though actually me and Kin were not the only people laughing this time round ;)).

More About the Film
Julianne Moore put in a very good performance and I suppose it’s that and my stupid sense of humour that made this film quite enjoyable. On the whole though, I found it a bit chaotic and generic.
I’m surprised people over on filmweb were so shocked and disgusted with this. Yes, it features incest, but that’s about it. I don’t get why portraying incest in a film is so shocking in this day and age. In terms of the actual sex scenes it was mild - all of them were quite tastefully shot. They were pretty short and mainly done in close-up. If the director had wanted to shock then he could have gone way further.

If you enjoy art house films with weird sexual themes then this might be worth a look. Julianne Moore fans will probably enjoy her in this. Other than that I suppose you can give this film a miss.

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