Safe (1995)

Writer/director Todd Haynes' intriguing drama about a woman suffering 
from  "environmental illness" is maddening for two reasons.  First is 
the pace, which is s-l-o-w.  SAFE moves at about half-speed.  More 
time to reflect?  Perhaps.  More chances to become restless?  Yes.  
The second method for my madness is Hayne's relentless ambiguity 
towards his subject.  We're given the facts of the case-- a housewife 
(Julianne Moore) becomes increasingly "allergic" to her surroundings-- 
and nothing more.  Haynes invites us to draw our own conclusion, but 
just a *little* bit of opposing viewpoint would be nice.  At least 
*one* character who could stand up and say "what a bunch of New Age 

Grade: C+

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