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The Safety of Objects -- We uncover the lives of four neighbouring families as they struggle to make honest human relationships. In doing so the characters realise they must emerge from the isolation provided by the safety of objects.
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The Safety of Objects -- We uncover the lives of four neighboring families as they struggle to make honest human relationships. In doing so the characters realize they must emerge from the isolation provided by the safety of objects.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
A.M. Homes (book)
Rose Troche (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 July 2002 (Israel) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A powerful story intertwining the lives of four neighboring families as they struggle to understand each other and, ultimately, themselves. See more »
Plot:
A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful essay on the need of material things in our existence... See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Glenn Close ... Esther Gold

Dermot Mulroney ... Jim Train

Jessica Campbell ... Julie Gold

Patricia Clarkson ... Annette Jennings

Joshua Jackson ... Paul Gold

Moira Kelly ... Susan Train

Robert Klein ... Howard Gold

Timothy Olyphant ... Randy

Mary Kay Place ... Helen Christianson

Kristen Stewart ... Sam Jennings

Alex House ... Jake Train

Charlotte Arnold ... Sally Christianson

Andrew Airlie ... Bruce Jennings

Stephanie Mills ... Karen
Angela Vint ... Tina

Aaron Ashmore ... Bobby Christianson

C. David Johnson ... Wayne Christianson

Haylee Wanstall ... Rayanne Jennings
Carly Chalom ... Emily Train

Guinevere Turner ... Tani (voice)

Dwayne Hill ... Bill McArthur

Kathryn Winslow ... Catherine
Michael McMurtry ... Contest Winner / Frankie

Katie Griffin ... Female Contestant #1 / Sue
Kristi Angus ... Z-100 Employee

Aaron Poole ... Z-100 Judge

Alex Poch-Goldin ... Male Contestant
Elisa Moolecherry ... Female Contestant #2
Craig Eldridge ... Hank
Andrea Pinnock ... Marilyn

Derek McGrath ... Mr. Peabody
Victoria Snow ... Jill
Dominic Cuzzocrea ... Appliance Salesman
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Bartender

Bill Lake ... Baseball Coach
Balázs Koós ... Sports Store Employee
James Lafazanos ... Adam
Lucas Denton ... Johnny

Noam Jenkins ... Patrick Green
Lori Nancy Kalamanski ... Linda Green
Hunter Shannon ... Audrey

Directed by
Rose Troche 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
A.M. Homes (book of stories)

Rose Troche (screenplay)

Produced by
Jody Allen .... executive producer (as Jody Allen Patton)
Dorothy Berwin .... producer
Colin Brunton .... line producer
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
Angus Finney .... executive producer
Sophie Janson .... associate producer
Pamela Koffler .... executive producer
Jon Marcus .... associate producer
Per Melita .... line producer: additional photography
Eric Robison .... co-producer
Rose Troche .... co-producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Barb Morrison 
Charles Nieland 
Nance Nieland 
 
Cinematography by
Enrique Chediak 
 
Film Editing by
Geraldine Peroni 
 
Casting by
Barbie Block 
Bonnie Finnegan 
Steven Jacobs 
Sally Stiner 
Clare Walker 
 
Production Design by
Andrea Stanley 
 
Art Direction by
Craig Lathrop 
 
Set Decoration by
Liesl Deslauriers 
 
Costume Design by
Laura Jean Shannon 
 
Makeup Department
Donna Coad-Roberts .... assistant hair stylist
Martial Corneville .... hair designer: Glenn Close
Clara Dinunzio .... key hair stylist
Sarah Fairbairn .... key makeup artist
Jennifer Gould .... assistant hair stylist
Janice Schantz .... assistant makeup artist (as Janice Shantz)
 
Production Management
Colin Brunton .... production manager
Petra Hoebel .... unit production manager: additional photography
Stephanie Meurer .... assistant production supervisor
Kelly Miller .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neille Brockie .... daily third assistant director
Jill Girling .... assistant director
Kareen Yalandy Glynn .... daily third assistant director
Marybeth Hagner .... first assistant director
Joel Hay .... fourth assistant director
David McLeod .... first assistant director
Beverly Morgan .... daily third assistant director
Rose Tedesco .... assistant director
Sean Watson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
John Archbell .... property master
Mary Arthurs .... set buyer
Paul Berta .... storyboard artist
John Deslauriers .... set dresser
Brian Fowler .... construction coordinator
Ron Hobbs .... storyboard artist
Suzanne Hoffman .... lead set dresser
Cary A. King .... set dresser and onset dresser
Eric McNab .... set buyer
Christina Meynell .... on-set dresser
Heather Midwinter .... painter
Joe Mohos .... daily set dresser
Elizabeth Moran .... second assistant art director
John Moran .... assistant art director
Andrew Redekop .... art department apprentice
James Ridyard .... head painter
Tullis Rose .... daily set dresser
Glen Smith .... head carpenter
Robert Steele .... set buyer
Peeter Tammemagi .... property assistant
Joanne Thompson .... key scenic painter
Lyne Wagner .... set dresser
Zac Ward .... carpenter (as Zak Ward)
Rabecca Worts .... property assistant
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Fernando De Faria .... sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (as Hal Levinson)
Blake Leyh .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Paul McGlashan .... boom operator
Jen Ralston .... foley supervisor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
Rob Rouse .... boom operator (as Bob Rouse)
Alex Soto .... assistant sound editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Kelly Wright .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Taku Dazai .... special effects animatronics
Michael Innanen .... special effects supervisor
Walter Klassen .... animatronics
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Joaquin de la Puente .... compositor
Walter Hart .... visual effects producer
Eric Person .... digital film supervisor
Jim Rider .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Peter Cox .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Renfro .... stunts
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barton-Taylor .... grip (as Robert Barton Taylor)
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Kunle Bristow .... camera trainee
Phil Calambakas .... best boy grip
Joseph Chan .... second assistant camera
Ira Cohen .... gaffer
Stephen Crosgrey .... generator operator
Paul Dias .... electrician
Rick Dubeau .... grip
Cinar Eryasar .... electrician
Candide Franklyn .... Steadicam operator (as Candide Franklin)
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator (as Candide Franklin)
Angel Gonzalez .... camera operator
Courtney Graham .... assistant camera
Michael Hall .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Chris Howell .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brad Hruboska .... Steadicam operator
H. Christopher Hunter .... dolly grip
Peter Luxford .... camera operator: "b" camera
Heidi McKnight .... grip
Oz Melo .... grip
Paul Michel .... best boy
Paul Michel .... best boy lighting
Rahul Parekh .... key rigging grip
Rafy .... still photographer
Steve Sebert .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Spicer .... camera operator: additional photography
Jeremy Tabarrok .... first assistant camera
Brian White .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Whiteside .... 24 frame video operator
Chris Zacharuk .... electrician
Jason Ball .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Amy Allen .... casting
Luisa Cabbidu .... extras casting assistant (as Luisa Cabiddu)
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting (as Zamaret Kleiman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jozi Conte .... wardrobe set supervisor
Les Handrahan .... wardrobe truck supervisor
April Poppe .... second assistant costume designer
Liz Walter .... extras dresser
Anna Dal Farra .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alfredo Frasson .... color timer
Philip Harrison .... assistant editor
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Jack Rizzo .... color timer
Rose Troche .... additional editor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Missy Cohen .... music editor
Alfredo D. Troche .... additional music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Rick Anglin .... head driver
Tim Fagan .... transportation coordinator
Dave Marwick .... driver captain
Manon White .... driver
 
Other crew
Paul Augarde .... development executive
Donato Baldassarra .... location scout
Dawn Becker .... accounting production assistant
Darren J. Biro .... location production assistant (as Darren 'D.J.' Biro)
Alex Brennan .... production office assistant
Jason Yik Chi Chan .... assistant to director
Kristine Child .... assistant accountant
Donna Croce .... script supervisor
Catherine Currie .... post-production accountant
Roni Deitz .... location scout
Janet Ellis .... production secretary
Robin Greavette .... assistant location manager
Victoria Harding .... location manager
Leah Hood .... on-set craft service
Sean Irvine .... stand-in
Sandy Kaplansky .... production coordinator
Stephanie Keating .... unit publicist
Michael Kessler .... production office assistant
Stanley Lilavois .... on-set craft service
Jennifer Lyne .... location scout
Lilit 'Hank' Malins .... location manager
Trish Mason .... script supervisor
Marlene McCarty .... title designer
Julietta McGovern .... assistant production coordinator
Madeleine Meredith .... post-production accountant
Sarah Anne Milliken .... assistant to director
Dan Nash .... assistant: D. Berwin
Jessica O'Brien .... additional production assistant
Mihalis Papadogiannakis .... location scout
Brad Peyton .... assistant to line producer
Peter Phillips .... post delivery supervisor
Zachary Rogers .... production office assistant (as Zak Rogers)
Heather Ross .... production coordinator
Katie Roumel .... head of production
Lillian Sarafinchan .... location scout
B.E. Sharp .... accountant
Yori Tondrowski .... production assistant: re-shoots
Daniel Wagner .... assistant: Ms. Vachon
Julia Wille .... wrangler
Jeff Maksym .... pre-production office intern (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for sexual content and language
Runtime:
121 min | Finland:116 min
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Timothy Olyphant's character Randy kidnaps a boy named Erol. In the movie adaptation they change the sex of Enrol and provide her with an ambiguous name (Sam, could be from Samuel or from Samantha) and ambiguous appearance (Sam wears boyish clothes most of the time.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits when the families are being listed, the Jennings family is listed as "The Jennings." The correct plural is "The Jenningses."See more »
Quotes:
Esther Gold:How did I get here? Somewhere along the way, things have gotten out of hand. I don't know how. I tried to do things right, but... maybe that's the problem. Maybe there is no right or wrong. We're ruled by chaos. That would make more sense. That there are no rewards, no punishments. Life isn't a series of results of things done right or wrong. It's all just random. Those are the rules. There are no rules.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful essay on the need of material things in our existence..., 19 September 2001
Author: mdopooh from Mexico

It's just what material objects do. They give us the security and tranquility to go on in life, when all other things appear to be crumbling. Rose Troche's "The Safety Of Objects" is one of the most interesting and poetic depictions of everyday life in a suburban "paradise" in the USA. Being from Mexico, is just another thing that allowed me appreciate it even more: I saw it like a foreigner, like a witness, without wanting to be part of the world Troche describes. But its message is so powerful, that I ended as part of this society that I already knew, but was afraid to accept. Based on the novel by A.M. Homes, "The Safety Of Objects" tells different stories, that reminded me of movies such as "Happiness" or "Grand Canyon", but in a really different tone.

We are presented early on to Esther Gold (a formidable, as usual, Glenn Close), a woman that has to deal with his sick son in a coma, and with her daughter who is unable to express what he feels about the situation of his beloved brother. We also are introduced to the Trains, a really nice couple that has come to a dead point in which the father, Jim (Dermot Mulroney in a really great performance) is dealing with a job crisis, and with the notion that maybe he doesn't have any goal in his life. His wife, Susan (Moira Kelly) tries to understand him but is unable to do so and starts to blame his husband for his usefulness around the house. Their kids seem like normal kids, but Jake, their son, has a strange obsession with a doll from his sister´s room. Also, we met the Jennings and the Christianson, two more families living near by, and with their own secrets. And there's this strange guy, portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, that seems out of place, until we realize what is his part in this story.

It may be difficult to explain the different stories that Rose Troche carry on without seeing the film, but one detail is certain: it almost seems that in the center of all things is Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson), the comatose son of Glenn Close's character. And as we are seeing this people living their lives, we are also committed to think about our lives. These characters have lots of problems to handle, their own insecurity and all their fears, their unfulfilled lives, their need of attention and support, but in their hearts, they only need safety: the safety to know that tomorrow everything is going to be fine, but only if they allow themselves to breath, and go on.

This film is just a beautiful essay of how everyone in this world tries to feel safe. Jessica Campbell, Joshua Jackson's character's sister, feels safe with the guitar of his brother in his arms. Dermot Mulroney's character starts to feel safe when he goes from goal to goal, trying to find something to feel fine with himself and his own life. It is only when they start to realize what they are doing, and start to accept the things that surround them, that they become aware of the vacuity of the safety that objects bring. And their problems then become real, and manageable.

"The Safety Of Objects" is an excellent motion picture, really. The work of Rose Troche as writer and director are really supreme, and the cast is really great too. Glenn Close shines as the always depressed and distant Esther, and Dermot Mulroney gives maybe the best performance of his life. Joshua Jackson's performance is credible, and Jessica Campbell is just great, along with Alex House, the kid with this "Barbie obsession". Maybe in other countries outside USA, "The Safety Of Objects" could be just another film about life in the 2000. But for Americans, and for seekers of good films around the world, this is a beautiful essay of the triviality of material objects, and the real assumption of our place in the world, our goals in life, and above all, the knowledge that the way to solve our problems is facing our fears and our responsibilities. Life is made of these powerful ideas, it would be a crime to let life pass us by without knowing that we are breathing... and that we have to walk ahead, farther along the way.

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