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Criterion Collection: Safe | Blu-Ray Review

9 December 2014 12:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Todd Haynes receives his first entry in the Criterion collection with a beautiful restoration of his landmark 1995 sophomore feature, Safe, the film that launched the status of burgeoning star Julianne Moore. Though initial reactions to the film were perplexing after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a growing cult following cemented the film’s reputation as a fascinating example of Haynes’ remarkable control of mise en scene, as well as a deliberately refined AIDs allegory ahead of its time. Recuperated famously as a case study as pertains to practices and definitions of whiteness, it may very well be Haynes’ most invigorating work precisely because of all the avenues of projection its fascinating obliqueness provides.

The narrative is relatively simple, especially as pertains to the work of Haynes, who often prizes experimental, non-linear narratives. A suburban housewife residing in the San Fernando Valley of 1987, Carol White (Julianne Moore) finds herself »

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