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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.

Actors: Julianne Moore , Xander Berkeley , Dean Norris , Peter Friedman , Kate McGregor-Stewart , James Le Gros , Jessica Harper , Beth Grant , Julie Burgess , Ronnie Farer
Directors: Todd Haynes
Country: UK , USA
Release: 1995-06-30
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  • Geoff Pevere

    Todd Haynes' Safe grips you with its air of antiseptic malevolence and leaves you gasping. You feel as disoriented as the protagonist, a young housewife suffering from 20th-century disease. [11 Aug 1995]

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    As a piece of filmmaking, Safe is brilliant for the way Haynes, in concert with cinematographer Alex Nepomniaschy and composer Ed Tomney, blankets the mundane in the eerie tone of science fiction and horror, especially in the first half.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Insidious and provocative, Safe refuses to lend a hand, avoids taking sides or pointing the way. Everything that happens in this beautifully controlled enigma is open to multiple interpretations, and that extends finally to the title's meaning as well.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sal Cinquemani

    We know nothing of this woman’s inner-traumas, the repressed memories or hidden pains of her youth, yet Moore, in an extraordinary milestone performance, gives us a glimpse inside Carol’s frail and lonely soul.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    What Safe does so brilliantly is to plunge us down this frightening rabbit hole with Carol.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Safe gets messy, but you won’t be able to wash it out of your system anytime soon.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Safe, disturbing and edgy and grounded by Moore's riveting performance, resonates with uncertainty.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    For all its flaws and vagueness, Safe is smart, challenging and provocative -- a film that gives you plenty to chew on, long after Carol's sad tale has wound down.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Though Haynes' methods are austere and his style dry, the terror of his narrative becomes more palpable as the film unwinds. The picture's eerie delicacy, meticulous technique and rapt formality may distance us, but they also steadily strip bare the panic at its core.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Maybe the environment is poisoned, and the group is phony, and Carol is gnawing away at her own psychic health. Now there's a fine mess.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Safe does not succeed at everything it attempts. The film is overlong and there are times when more aggressive editing might have improved the pace. However, despite certain dramatic shortcomings, Safe is an insightful and darkly comical social commentary.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    Brilliantly as it begins, Safe eventually succumbs to its own modern malady, as the film maker insists on a chilly ambiguity that breeds more detachment than interest.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The audaciousness that marked Todd Haynes’ earlier work has been supplanted by self-important preachiness in Safe.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Frequently fascinating, it never builds into anything profound.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
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