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Bleached New World

  In Todd Haynes’ 1995 film, “ Safe ,” Julianne Moore plays an affluent housewife, Carol White. Carol leads a comfortable life with her husband and stepson. They live in an upscale home with a servant; she spends her days gardening, taking aerobics classes, and seeing her female friends. But Carol feels isolated from her environment. The relationship with her husband is polite and respectful but distant. Her stepson doesn’t much like her, and her friendships are based on social standing. Carol’s concerns are trivial, like attending a baby shower, getting a perm and a manicure, and causing an uproar over the fact that the furniture company delivered a wrong-colored couch. Read the article here…

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