Julianne Moore's performance was excellent. She is a shell of a person who means well, but her sterile environment doesn't allow for her character or her intellect to develop. I think it isn't until she gets sick and goes to that retreat center that she begins to find some semblance of humanity, in interacting with the flawed but human people there.
One thing I found interesting was that the film takes place in 1987 even though the film itself was made in the 1990s, so that makes it a period piece of sorts. The film definitely had an oh-so-'80s feel to it. I wonder if the filmmaker was making a statement on the emptiness of that decade as well as of suburbia itself.
The film certainly had a striking, chilling, unsettling beauty. Looking at the immaculately decorated homes was like gazing at a supermodel; nice to look at, but offering nothing beyond that.
Edited by Crow, 24 April 2006 - 04:31 PM.