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The Safety of Objects (2001)

R | | Drama | 15 August 2003 (UK)
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A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »

Director:

Rose Troche

Writers:

A.M. Homes (book), Rose Troche (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Anne Mills Stephanie Anne Mills ... Karen (as Stephanie Mills)
Angela Vint Angela Vint ... Tina
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Storyline

A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a tailspin when he's passed over for a promotion; Annette Jennings' family is struggling in the wake of her divorce; Helen Christianson is determined to shake up her mundane life. Written by Anonymous

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A powerful story intertwining the lives of four neighboring families as they struggle to understand each other and, ultimately, themselves. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La seguridad de los objetos See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,250, 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$319,125, 22 June 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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: There's a certain security in feeling that the worst has happened.
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Connections

Spoofs Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997) See more »

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Kiss It All Goodbye
Written by L.P., Charles Nieland and Barb Morrison
Performed by LP
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"Do you like it? Do you hate it? There it is the way you made it. Frank Zappa
20 March 2006 | by swillsquealSee all my reviews

Rose Troche wrote the screenplay and directed "The Safety of Objects (2001)". I've got to hand it to her. She certainly did a fine job of linking social alienation and the commodification of human relations.

Rose poses these questions : Can one feel emotionally alone amongst people living in the heart of "upper middle class" suburbia? With real, sensuous subjects largely gone missing (i.e. human beings with genuine feelings of solidarity and love for each other) does one seek solace in the company of objects? The answer I give is, "Yes". My impression is that Ms. Troche thinks so too, but she has another take on the possibility of transcending this misery.

Granted, some of the objects, which/who are NOT subjects (well, only in our 'Barbie-est' of imaginations) are purchased. And some, (in a brief flash of subjectivity) have sold themselves into particularly alienating forms of wage-slavery. I say "particularly alienating" because these forms of wage-slavery appear to leave the human being in a state of having parts of their humanity hacked off. Granted, wage-slavery is a numbing experience for all of us. Such a cost we pay for selling ourselves in to it.

What's the choice though? Nothing or organizing to rid ourselves of the wages system. 99% of us choose the former and thereby suffer and continue to chafe under this system. But! What a playground it makes for artists like Troche. She romps around our collective misery and tell us what phonies we are and still, she gets paid for it! Wow! You go, Rose!

Enough with the hyperbole. The film is well acted, though the acting isn't perfect. So much the better in some ways. At least, one doesn't recognize say a, Bruce Willis or a Nicole Kidman AGAIN! More power to Bruce and Nicole, but for my money, I prefer an unknown who can do the part. And why not? There is good to fine acting in this film.

Do we ALL have to grovel and to worship the STARS? Hell no.

"The Safety of Objects" is NOT about how everyone discovers that they should have paid more attention to things which matter. No. What you've got here is a depiction of situations in our everyday lives which actually MIGHT occur. Okay, so you haven't heard of EXACTLY these situations developing. Hah! Dig this: the son of Gold goes from being a subject to an object. Talk about symbolism! Remember that. It'll be essential for understanding the story weave. Another thing to remember is Naturalism. Naturalism is the philosophical drive behind explaining how God is (I can't resist) essentially capricious with HIS power.

See this movie. Beware, there are pieces which you will see earlier on, which will only become apparent to you later, as the film rolls or digitizes through your viewing mechanism. No worries. With "Safety of Objects" you'll see something about your post-modern, industrialized, computer age selves. In other words, the film conveys a bit of, "the condition, your own condition is in."

Plastic people? Well, maybe so. If the shoe fits...


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