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The story is dark and at most times twisted. The characters are not likable, their not supposed to be; they are from what could be called the "alleyway" of society. Yes they're rich, but they're also psychologically damaged beyond repair. Their actions are horrid, and their personalities are even worse. Just because the characters are not honorable, generous, or even understandable, doesn't make the movie bad. People like this do actually exist, its just that most of us would greatly try to avoid them. The actors in this movie were excellent. I think Moore did a great job portraying the damaged wife and mother. If your looking to watch something out of the norm, go ahead and give this a try.
Just be warned that this movie is truly, out of the norm.
Howard A. Rodman's screenplay covers over a quarter-century of the characters' lives beginning in 1946 when a vivacious Barbara dotes on her baby Antony even as she gallivants amid the Manhattan social scene. The story quickly flashes forward to Paris when a precocious, 14-year-old Antony remains devoted to his mother even when she embarrasses him by forcing him to read a passage from de Sade's Justine in front of a small gathering of pretentious socialites. Another seven years pass, and a sexually awakened Antony takes up with a young, pot-smoking Spaniard named Jake, while Barbara has been deserted by her husband Brooks for a younger woman who once bedded Antony. As with many women of her standing, Barbara becomes involved with a gay "walker", Sam, who becomes Barbara's erudite escort. More transgressions occur until we catch up with mother and son living together in London in 1972. The Oedipal machinations come into fruition there leading to the tragic conclusion.Read more ›
Knowing that the story is true adds a bit of intrigue: the family of a plastics mogul is in the third generation: Brooks Baeklande (Stephen Dillane) wallows in his wealth without positively contributing to his family reputation; his wife Barbara (Julianne Moore), a former actress and Feline's salesgirl who marries into wealth only to become obsessed with climbing a ladder that repeatedly betrays her 'class'; their only son Antony (Eddie Redmayne) who moves from his mother's worshipped idol to his father's loathed rival at his being bisexual/gay to a series of affairs - none of which he finds satisfying or fulfilling, especially his ultimate incestuous relationship with his mother. The film runs from 1946 (Antony's birth) to 1972 and the tragic finale and during this time the audience is conducted through the superficial corridors of life among the wealthy and influential people of New York, Paris, London, Cadaques.Read more ›
This is Moore's film all the way. She conveys a sense of inferiority percolating within, since Barbara did marry well above her social station. She needs constant reassurance that she is loved, and craves social acceptance like a drug. Moore makes a rather unpleasant character interesting. Maybe it's the voyeur effect. We feel we're peeking into a privileged world, seeing all its frayed corners and cracks in close-up. And we're fascinated because it's exotic. Stephen Dillane portrays Brooks and Eddie Redmayne is young Tony. Special Features include a making-of featurette and a mini-documentary on the actual story that inspired the movie.
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Amazing acting from Julianne Moore, truly bizarre story. Definitely keeps your attention, not a dull moment. Language, implied sex.Published 2 days ago by Dukeman
This is an interesting story but seemed to be made in a cheesy way from the technical standpoint. Music was way too loud; overshadowed the actors and scenes. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Clutter Hater
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