"Safe" has been described as a horror movie of the soul, a description that director Todd Haynes relishes. California housewife Carol White seems to have it all in life: a wealthy husband, a beautiful house, servants, beauty, and a lot of friends. The only thing she lacks is a strong personality: Carol seems timid and empty during all of her interactions with the world around her. At the beginning of the film, one would consider her to be more safe in life than just about anyone. That doesn't turn out to be the case. Starting with headaches and leading to a grandmal seizure, Carol becomes more and more sick, claiming that she's become sensitive to the common toxins in today's world: exhaust, fumes, aerosol spray, etc. She pulls back from the sexual advances of her husband and spends her nights alone by the TV or wandering around the outside of her well-protected home like an animal in a cage. Her physician examines her and can find nothing wrong. An allergist finds that she has an ... Written by
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In the 21st century nobody will be...Safe.
Did You Know?
Many interiors such as Carol's house were filmed in Todd Haynes' family and relatives' houses. The exterior of the St. Tropez restaurant (the next scene after the dinner where Carol doesn't laugh at the vibrator joke) was shot, remarkably, using the exterior of Haynes' parents house. The street that opens the film is also the street where their house is located and his mother's car can be seen in the shot. See more
We are one with the power that created us. We're safe and all is well in our world.
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Heaven Is a Place on Earth
Performed by Belinda Carlisle
Written by Ellen Shipley
and Rick Nowels
Published by EMI Virgin Songs, Inc. obo Itself and Shipwreck Music, BMI and EMI Virgin Music,
Inc. obo Itself and Future Furniture Music, ASCAP
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