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Savage Grace (2007)

Julianne Moore , Eddie Redmayne , Tom Kalin  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (356 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: #140,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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49 of 55 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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82 of 96 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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49 of 59 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Julianne Moore Tour de Force December 28, 2008
"Savage Grace" is the true story of Barbara Daly (Julianne Moore), a would-be actress, artist, and social climber who, in postwar New York, married wealthy Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite fortune. Her drinking, making scenes in public, and adulterous flings made the marriage a living nightmare. She was a smothering mother to her gay son, Tony, and the family lived a dysfunctional love triangle that ended in violence and bloodshed.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Lacking something.
Published 1 month ago by rita smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Folie a deux or Gatsby on heroin...riveting but not exactly warm and...
Incestuous folie a deux- not the feel-good movie of the year... the ending reminded me of "Sid & Nancy" in that it conveyed claustrophobic dysfunction and sickness a little too... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Baranabus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie--not for everyone taste-wise
Published 2 months ago by Raja Shaheen
2.0 out of 5 stars Every sexual vice exhibited or inferred
Inane, sophomoric, absurd and overly erotic....should be banned in Boston
Published 2 months ago by C. M. Lacroix
3.0 out of 5 stars Only watch after nothing else in the que!
Published 3 months ago by John Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars An Art Film about Events out of a Horror Movie
A reviewer elsewhere faults this movie for having no soul. Well, having read the book on which the film is based, I'm not certain that the family had a soul, although I'm also... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Fasten your seatbelt
Its going to be a bumpy ride. Savage in a pretty could verb. I could think of a few others. I liked the genera of the film. Julianne is superb in this role. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Much-a-do
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird Film
This was one of the worst films I've every seen. A film that shows just how screwed up people could/can be.
Published 4 months ago by Abi0915
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother!
w/this worthless piece o 'crap!...shame on you Julianne Moore!, you must have needed the money! dare you waste my time!
Published 4 months ago by SUZY
3.0 out of 5 stars HALF GOOD
This movie comes in two, disctinct pieces, the first half and the second half. It starts out as a very well acted character study, and then falls into a overly maudlin, overly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mo Knows
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