Safe

Safe

Criterion Collection Edition #739

Julianne Moore gives a breakthrough performance as Carol White, a Los Angeles housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies. A profoundly unsettling work from the great American director Todd Haynes, SAFE functions on multiple levels: as a prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what you cannot see. This revelatory drama was named the best film of the 1990s in a “Village Voice” poll of more than fifty critics.

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    Directed by Todd Haynes • 1995 • United States
    Starring Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley

    Julianne Moore gives a breakthrough performance as Carol White, a Los Angeles housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no...

Extras

  • SAFE Commentary

    Recorded in 2001, this audio commentary features director Todd Haynes, actor Julianne Moore, and producer Christine Vachon.

  • Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore on SAFE

    SAFE was the first collaboration between director Todd Haynes and actor Julianne Moore, who has since appeared in Haynes’s FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002) and I’M NOT THERE (2007). In this conversation, recorded in 2014, the two reflect on the strength of their working relationship and talk about the film...

  • Christine Vachon on SAFE

    Christine Vachon started producing features in order to Make Todd Haynes’s POISON (1991), which would be his first commercially released film. In this interview, conducted in 2014, Vachon reflects on the beginnings of the collaboration and discusses the historical context of SAFE.

  • The Suicide

    SAFE director Todd Haynes’s first serious directorial effort was this surreal, 22-minute short from 1978, about the sufferings of a middle school student. Haynes thought it was lost until a chance meeting in 2014 with the producer, Michael Quinn Martin, who had recently discovered a print at his ...