Far From Heaven
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert star in our next Rialto Recommends, Todd Hayne's 2002 drama FAR FROM HEAVEN. The story - which crosses both sexual and racial lines - revolves around a privileged suburban family whose lives are filled with daily family etiquette, social events at the club, and an overall desire to keep up with the Joneses. The family is turned upside down when both husband and wife are faced with choices that not only create a gossip mill for the entire community but also change their entire lives forever. An exquisitely designed and performed melodrama, FAR FROM HEAVEN earns its viewers' tears with sincerity and intelligence. The New York Times raved about FAR FROM HEAVEN "It rediscovers the aching, desiring humanity in a genre -- and a period -- too often subjected to easy parody or ironic appropriation. In a word, it's divine." While the Los Angeles Times said "The film's three leads are extraordinary, but what Moore does with her role is so beyond the parameters of what we call great acting that it nearly defies categorization." FAR FROM HEAVEN is streaming on Starz and DirectTV or available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others.