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Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she stumbles in on her husband Frank, kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives. Written by
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I'm telling you, everybody's just falling in love with all the wrong people
in this flick, but it's extremely captivating and the characters are
perfectly engaging. I'm a bit shocked at some of your reviews here because I
don't think many of you know much about the period. I do. To boot, I'm gay.
Julianne Moore is excellent and deserving of the acclaim she's received for
this role, as well as Quaid in the supporting role. The thing I think most
people missed (or haven't made much comment on) is that both Kathleen and
Frank are victims of heart-felt emotions at a time when expressing them is
unthinkable. They are equally challenged by simple and earnest desires to
"fill the void" in their lives: Kathleen with her giant colorblind heart in
a cold society of bigots and Frank in his corporate supremacy and his "It's
a different kind of love, Charlie Brown" headache. One reviewer said Frank
was abusive, closeted (sure, obviously, duh) and an alcoholic. I guess if
you'd ever been through that type of situation you might be a bit more
forgiving because it is hell and I came from the 50s so trust. Each of these
obviously well-developed characters is simply doing the best they can in a
world where their ground-breaking feelings are out of place. I loved it. I
own it. And I, clearly, do not advise that slim minds or socially challenged
people attempt it. However, if you can watch a movie and not be a judge, if
you can accept things not from your time and not about you but about very,
very grand new ideas, it's an extremely well-made, well-acted and accurate
film. I personally forgot we had so much orange and green furniture. And
Moore is to be also commended on how well she wore those giant skirts
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