GenreDrama Initial DVD releaseJanuary 31, 2003 (Sweden) WriterTodd Haynes LanguageEnglish
Release dateJune 30, 1995 (1995-06-30) CastJulianne Moore (Carol White), Xander Berkeley (Greg White), Dean Norris (Mover), Peter Friedman (Peter Dunning), Kate McGregor-Stewart (Claire), James Le Gros (Chris) Similar moviesThe Lover, Love, Heavenly Creatures, All Ladies Do It, Angel, Zandalee
TaglineIn the 21st century nobody will be...Safe.
Tommy boy 9 10 movie clip airline safety 1995 hd
Environmental illness sends a California wife (Julianne Moore) to a New Age gurus (Peter Friedman) clinic in New Mexico.
Safe (sometimes written as [safe] or [SAFE]) is a 1995 British/American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes, and produced by Christine Vachon. It was voted the best film of the 1990s in the 1999 Village Voice Film Poll.
Carol, a typical upper middle-class housewife, begins to complain of vague symptoms of illness. She "doesn't feel right," has unexplained headaches, congestion, a dry cough, nosebleeds, vomiting, and trouble breathing. Her family doctor treats her concerns dismissively and suggests a psychiatrist. Eventually, an allergist tells her that she has Environmental Illness.
Set in an affluent neighbourhood of the San Fernando Valley in 1987, the film recounts the life of a seemingly unremarkable homemaker, Carol White (Julianne Moore) who develops multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS, also known as "Twentieth-Century Disease"). MCS is a medically controversial diagnosis in which a person develops mild to severe non-specific symptoms and believes that these symptoms are triggered by chemicals found in everyday household and industrial products.
Carol passes her days with activities such as gardening, taking clothes to the dry cleaners, and attending aerobics classes. Her marriage is stable but devoid of emotional intimacy, and her son is actually a stepson from her husbands previous marriage. Her friendships are polite but distant.
As she goes about her routine, she slowly begins to develop unpredictable and strange bodily reactions, such as persistent fatigue, uncontrollable coughing (when surrounded by truck exhaust while driving), asthma-like symptoms (at a baby shower), nose bleeds (when getting a perm at a hair salon), vomiting, and eventually convulsions (at the dry cleaners).
Doctors are able to identify only one true allergy: milk, which she drinks frequently in the movie without incident. Doctors are at a loss of how to help her cope or cure her. She attends some psychotherapy sessions, but does not gain any insight into her condition.
After seeing an ad at her community centre, she eventually resorts to moving to the New Age/religious retreat in the desert called Wrenwood, which is designed to help people suffering from MCS recover and is led by a man whose "relentless motivational talks amount to psychological fascism."
Julianne Moore as Carol White
Peter Friedman as Peter Dunning
Xander Berkeley as Greg White
James LeGros as Chris
Susan Norman as Linda
Kate McGregor-Stewart as Claire
Mary Carver as Nell
Steven Gilborn as Dr Hubbard
April Grace as Susan
Lorna Scott as Marilyn
Jodie Markell as Anita
Brandon Cruz as Steve
Dean Norris as Mover
Jessica Harper as Joyce
Safe received positive reviews from critics, and currently holds an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 52 reviews.
1996 Independent Spirit Awards - Nominated for Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Feature, Best Female Lead (Julianne Moore), and Best Screenplay (Todd Haynes)
1995 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Cinematography - Alex Nepomniaschy
1995 Seattle International Film Festival - American Independent Award - Todd Haynes
1996 Rotterdam International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize Special Mention - Todd Haynes