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Savage Grace (2007)

Julianne Moore , Eddie Redmayne , Tom Kalin  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Dillane, Anne Reid, Martin Huber
  • Directors: Tom Kalin
  • Writers: Howard A. Rodman, Natalie Robins, Steven M.L. Aronson
  • Producers: Aitor Lizarralde, Alberto Aranda, Charlotte Mickie, Christian Baute
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001F0TM4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Savage Grace" on IMDb

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Set across a stunning backdrop ranging from New York to Paris to Cadaqués, Savage Grace is the incredible true story of a scandal that even today remains shocking. The beautiful Barbara Daly (Academy Award-nominee Julianne Moore; The Hours, Boogie Nights) marries above her social class to the dashing heir of the Bakelite plastics fortune, Brooks Baekeland (Stephen Dillane of the HBO miniseries "John Adams"). The birth of the couple's only child, Tony (Eddie Redmayne of The Good Shepard), intensifies the already volatile marriage. As Tony matures, he becomes an unwilling pawn in the psychosexual games of his parents, and the seeds for a tragedy of spectacular decadence are sown which challenge even the most shocking taboos. Tom kalin's (Swoon) return to cinema has dazzled and stunned audiences from the Cannes to the Sundance Film Festivals.

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
I don't think I can look at my Bakelite steak knives the same way again, even though the filmmakers don't show a single piece of Bakelite in this 2008 movie. The subject, however, is Barbara Daly Baekeland, the wealthy wife of Brooks Baekeland, grandson of Leo Baekeland, founder of Bakelite plastic. It only becomes pertinent when you realize her son Antony is the heir to a major plastics company. Directed by Tom Kalin, a leader in the New Queer Cinema movement, the time-spanning story focuses on the unhealthy co-dependence that seems to have developed since birth between mother and son, a relationship that takes an unsavory turn toward incest and ultimately murder.

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.
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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only for Certain Audiences November 14, 2009
As it appears, this movie is slammed and praised for the same reason, the personality of the characters and the story. For anyone looking to view this movie be forewarned, this is for certain audiences. If your looking to watch a movie featuring a superficial, generic plot; characters with generic personalities; then this is not the movie for you. It might actually be better if you look into skimming the book it's based on first, then deciding if the movie is something you'd want to take the time to watch.

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.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Dog Collar: Impact and Consequences June 29, 2008
SAVING GRACE is screenwriter Howard A. Rodman's adaptation of Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson's brutally realistic book by the same name of a famous wealthy family's downfall. Director Tom Kalin has previously proved that he can successfully mix biopic with drama ('Swoon'), but alas in this tedious film he fails to make the audience care about any of his characters, despite the fact that he cast this strange collection of edgy types with outstanding actors. In the end, after witnessing an incestuous relationship between mother and son and a subsequent brutal murder, the only moment of tenderness is a very lost boy's need to recover the collar of his childhood dog, long dead but hardly forgotten in the murky soup that has been his life.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It was Bad before it got Worse September 20, 2013
By Ceeagee
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Did not care for it. Watched it because it had Julianna Moore and it was a true story...didn't know there was incest involved... and it was bad before that part of the film anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't hold my attention! January 28, 2014
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Did not finish the movie. It was not one that I wanted to waste my time watching. You can decide for yourself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
This movie is not at all what was described or reviewed. Shame on the people who thought this would be a good movie and the people who gave it good reviews. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Jens
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspired BY a true jet set family of yesteryear, INCEST is the plot...
A sexually abusive mom walks the seductive tight wire with her son's time of puberty to young manhood. Read more
Published 8 days ago by David Durham Richardson II
2.0 out of 5 stars too dark for me to enjoy
The characters weren't really developed enough through the snippets filmed to lead someone to care about them or what happened to them in the story. Very dark, sad lives... Read more
Published 12 days ago by mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Artfully and not for the faint at heart
Julianne plays a masterful role as a unhappy mother with all that wealth can buy, and a gay son who is not in touch with reality, after all they do not live in the real world, a... Read more
Published 14 days ago by R.R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching.
Storyline buzzard and inappropriate. Waste of Juliane Moore's talent. I would not recommend watching this movie. Very disappointed in movie.
Published 15 days ago by Florence Schrauben
2.0 out of 5 stars Made me squirm
Moore worked hard to make this work, but the plodding plot kept her caged in a neverland of stilted dialog and uninspired directing and camerawork. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Chas
1.0 out of 5 stars Savage Grace
Not my cup of tea. Sad and disturbing. Incestious mother pays the ultimate price for her sense of entitlement. Dark.
Published 25 days ago by rose mcclurg
5.0 out of 5 stars "Julian Moore Nails It!"
I love Julian Moore. I have watched her in nearly everything she has done in her career (even her time on "As the World Turns") and I am holding out hope she wins an Oscar because... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Terrance Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and bad acting.
Overall horrible. Bad writing, bad acting. Usually Moore is better but he is dull as is the entire cast. Boring.
Published 28 days ago by Rachel K. Bretland
1.0 out of 5 stars Savage Sorry
Personally did not enjoy the story line. The confusing characters and the theme,plot and in general the whole movie did seem to drag.
Published 29 days ago by Tricia
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