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Todd Haynes is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Editor American born on 2 january 1961 at Encino, Los Angeles (USA)

Todd Haynes

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Birth 2 january 1961 (58 years) at Encino, Los Angeles (USA)

Todd Haynes (born January 2, 1961) is an American independent film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his feature films Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, and the Academy Award-nominated Far from Heaven and I'm Not There.

Biography

Early life
Haynes was born January 2, 1961, in Los Angeles, and grew up in nearby Encino. His father, Allen E. Haynes, was a cosmetics importer, and his mother, Sherry Lynne (née Semler), studied acting (and makes a brief appearance in I'm Not There). Haynes is Jewish on his mother's side. His younger sister is Gwynneth Haynes of Sophe Lux

Haynes developed an interest in film at an early age, and produced a short film, The Suicide (1978), while still in high school. He studied semiotics at Brown University, where he directed his first short film Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud (1985), inspired by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (a personality Haynes would later reference in his film I'm Not There). After graduating with a BA in Arts and Semiotics, Haynes moved to New York and became involved in the independent film scene, launching Apparatus Productions, a non-profit organisation for the support of independent film.


Superstar (1987)
In 1987, while an MFA student at Bard College, Haynes made a short, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, which chronicles the life of American pop singer Karen Carpenter, using Barbie dolls as actors. The film presents Carpenter's struggle with anorexia and bulimia, featuring several close-ups of Ipecac (the prescription drug Carpenter was reputed to have used to make herself vomit during her illness). Carpenter's chronic weight loss was portrayed by using a "Karen" Barbie doll with the face and body whittled away with a knife, leaving the doll looking skeletonized. The film is also notable for staged dream sequences in which Karen, in a state of deteriorating mental health, imagines being spanked by her father.

Superstar featured extensive use of Carpenter songs, showcasing Haynes' love of popular music (which would be a recurring feature of later films). Haynes failed to obtain proper licensing to use the music, prompting a lawsuit from Karen's brother Richard for copyright infringement. Carpenter was reportedly also offended by Haynes' unflattering portrayal of him as a narcissistic bully, along with several broadly dropped suggestions that he was gay and in the closet. Carpenter won his lawsuit, and Superstar was removed from public distribution; to date, it may not be viewed publicly. Bootlegged versions of the film are still circulated, and the film is sporadically made available on YouTube.


Poison (1991)
Haynes' 1991 feature film debut, Poison, garnered Haynes further acclaim and controversy. Drawing on the writings of "transgressive" gay writer Jean Genet, the film is a triptych of queer-themed narratives, each adopting a different cinematic genre: vox-pop documentary ("Hero"), 50s sci-fi horror ("Horror") and gay prisoner love story ("Homo"). The film explores traditional perceptions of homosexuality as an unnatural and deviant social force, and presents Genet's vision of sado-masochistic gay love as a subversion of heterosexual norms, culminating with a marriage ceremony between two gay male convicts. Poison marked Haynes' first collaboration with producer Christine Vachon, who has since produced all of Haynes' feature films.

Poison was partially funded with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The film subsequently became the center of a public attack by Reverend Donald Wildmon, head of the American Family Association, who criticized the NEA for funding Poison and other works by gay and lesbian artists and filmmakers. Wildmon, who had not viewed the film before making his comments publicly, condemned the film's "explicit porno scenes of homosexuals involved in anal sex", despite no such scenes appearing in the film. Poison went on to win the 1991 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize, establishing Haynes as an emerging talent and the voice of a new transgressive generation. The film writer B. Ruby Rich cited Poison as one of the defining films of the emerging New Queer Cinema movement, with its focus on maverick sexuality as an anti-establishment social force.


Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)
Haynes' next short film, Dottie Gets Spanked (1993), explores the experiences of a quiet and gentle six-year-old boy who has various indirect encounters with spanking, most significantly involving his idol, a TV sitcom star named Dottie. The film was aired on PBS.


[Safe] (1995)
Haynes' second feature film, [Safe] (1995), was a critically acclaimed portrait of Carol White, a San Fernando Valley housewife (played by Julianne Moore, who has become a frequent Haynes collaborator) who develops violent allergies to her middle-class suburban existence. After a series of extreme allergic reactions and hospitalization, Carol diagnoses herself with acute environmental illness, and moves to a New Age commune in the New Mexico desert run by an HIV positive "guru" who preaches both that the real world is toxic and unsafe for Carol, and also that she is responsible for her illness and recovery. The film ends with Carol retreating to her antiseptic, prison-like "safe room", looking at herself in the mirror and whispering "I love you" to her reflection.

The film is notable for its critical (though not entirely unsympathetic) treatment of its main character. Haynes observes Carol coolly through a series of static deep-focus shots, placing her as an invisible woman who appears anesthetized in her materially comfortable but sterile and emotionally empty life.

The ending of the film is highly ambiguous, and has created considerable debate among critics and audiences as to whether Carol has emancipated herself, or simply traded one form of oppression (as a housewife) for an equally constricting identity as a reclusive invalid. Julie Grossman argues in her article "The Trouble With Carol" that Haynes concludes the film as a challenge to traditional Hollywood film narratives of the heroine taking charge of her life, and that Haynes sets Carol up as the victim both of a repressive male-dominated society, and also of an equally debilitating self-help culture that encourages patients to take sole responsibility for their illness and recovery.

Carol's illness, although unidentified, has been read as an analogy for the AIDS crisis of the mid-1980s, as a similarly uncomfortable and largely unspoken "threat" in 1980s Reaganist America.

[Safe] was widely critically acclaimed, giving Moore her first (and much-admired) leading role in a feature film, and gave Haynes a measure of mainstream critical recognition.


Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Haynes took a radical shift in direction for his next feature, Velvet Goldmine (1998), starring Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Toni Collette. Filmed and set mostly in England, the film was an intentionally chaotic tribute to the 1970s glam rock era, drawing heavily on the rock histories and mythologies of glam rockers David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Starting with Oscar Wilde as the spiritual godfather of glam rock, the film revels in the gender and identity experimentation and fashionable bisexuality of the era, and acknowledges the transformative power of glam rock as an escape and a form of self-expression for gay teenagers. The film follows the character of Arthur (Bale) an English journalist once enraptured by glam rock as a 1970s teenager, who returns a decade later to hunt down his former heroes: Brian Slade (Rhys Meyers), a feather boa-wearing androgyne with an alter ego, "Maxwell Demon", who resembles Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust incarnation, and Curt Wild (McGregor), an Iggy Pop-style rocker. The narrative playfully rewrites glam rock myths which in some cases sail unnervingly close to the truth. Slade flirts with bisexuality and decadence before staging his own death in a live performance and disappearing from the scene, echoing Bowie's own disavowal of glam rock in the late 1970s and his subsequent re-creation as an avowedly heterosexual pop star. The film features a love affair between Slade and Wild's characters, recalling rumors about Bowie and Reed's supposed sexual relationship. Curt Wild's character has a flashback to enforced electric shock treatment as a teenager to attempt to cure his homosexuality, echoing Reed's teenage experiences as a victim of the homophobic medical profession.

The narrative structure of the film is a tribute to Citizen Kane : the journalist meets characters close to the pop-star and each of these encounters allows flashbacks. Todd Haynes complexifies the plot by intertwining the own past of the journalist, as a previous fan of the pop star, with the central plot.

Haynes was keen to use original music from the glam rock period, and (no doubt learning his lesson from Superstar) approached David Bowie before making the film for permission to use his music in the soundtrack. Bowie declined, leaving Haynes to use a combination of original songs from other artists and glam-rock inspired music written by contemporary rock bands for the film, including Suede. Velvet Goldmine premiered in main competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, winning a special jury award for Best Artistic Contribution. Despite initial critical praise and fearless performances from its leads (notably Rhys-Meyers and McGregor, who performed all their musical numbers), the film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Costume designer Sandy Powell received an Academy Award nomination for her costume design, and won the Oscar in the same year for her work on Shakespeare In Love.


Far From Heaven (2002)
Haynes achieved his greatest critical and commercial success to date with Far From Heaven (2002), a 1950s-set melodrama inspired by the films of Douglas Sirk about a Connecticut housewife Cathy Whittaker (Julianne Moore) who discovers that her husband (Dennis Quaid) is secretly gay, and subsequently falls in love with Raymond, her African-American gardener (Dennis Haysbert). The film works as a mostly reverential and unironic tribute to Sirk's filmmaking, lovingly re-creating the stylized mise-en-scene, colors, costumes, cinematography and lighting of Sirkian melodrama. Cathy and Raymond's relationship resembles Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson's inter-class love affair in All That Heaven Allows, and Cathy's relationship with Sybil, her African-American housekeeper (Viola Davis) recalls Lana Turner and Juanita Moore's friendship in Imitation of Life. While staying within the cinematic language of the period, Haynes updates the sexual and racial politics, showing scenarios (an inter-racial love affair and gay relationships) that would not have been permissible in Sirk's era. Haynes also resists a Sirkian happy ending, allowing the film to finish on a melancholy note closer in tone to the "weepy" melodramas of 1940s and 1950s cinema such as Mildred Pierce.

Far From Heaven won widespread critical acclaim and a slew of film awards, including four Academy Award nominations for Moore's lead performance, Haynes' original screenplay, Elmer Bernstein's score, and the film's cinematography. Far From Heaven lost in all four categories, but the film's success was hailed as a breakthrough for independent film achieving mainstream recognition, and brought Haynes to the attention of a wider mainstream audience.


I'm Not There (2007)

In another radical shift in direction, Haynes' next film I'm Not There (2007) returned to the mythology of pop music, portraying the life and legend of Bob Dylan through seven fictional characters played by six actors: Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw and Christian Bale. Haynes obtained Dylan's approval to proceed with the film, and the rights to use his music in the soundtrack, after presenting a one-page summary of the film's concept to Jeff Rosen, Dylan's long-time manager.


I'm Not There casting

Each character (none of whom is called Dylan) represents a different aspect of Dylan's life or musical career. Franklin, a teenaged African-American actor, plays a character called Woody, referencing Woody Guthrie's influence on Dylan's early career, and making a playful visual joke on Dylan's early habit of passing himself off as a drifter from the Dustbowl Southern states and denying his own middle-class Mid-Western origins. Bale plays two roles: an earnest young folk musician involved in the civil rights movement in the early 1960s and dueting with folk singer Alice Fabian (Julianne Moore, impersonating Joan Baez), and later as a middle-aged born again Christian in the early 1980s. Gere plays a reclusive character called Billy, retreating from the world in an American pastoral, referencing Dylan's interest in American folk mythology and his performance in Sam Peckinpah's 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid; the sequence also alludes to Dylan's period of exile living in Woodstock in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Whishaw plays a character called Arthur, filmed undergoing an interrogation-style interview about the responsibility of the artist to society; the character is named for and heavily based on the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose work Dylan admired, and whose precocious career as a teenaged genius and rebel Dylan to some extent emulated. Ledger plays Robbie, a Method Actor involved in a relationship with a painter, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), with whom he has children and subsequently divorces. Claire's character is based on both Dylan's former girlfriend Suze Rotolo and his first wife Sara Dylan, and the Robbie sequence considers accusations made against Dylan of his misogyny in his life and work. Blanchett plays Jude, a pop singer based closely on Dylan in his mid-1960s "Electric" era and his involvement with Pop Art and Warhol's Factory; Jude chases an on-again off-again relationship with socialite/model Coco Rivington (Michelle Williams), a character based on Edie Sedgwick, with whom Dylan is reputed to have had an affair. The Jude sequence also features David Cross as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.


Themes

Haynes intended the film to reverse conventions of the film biopic genre, and to represent what he perceived as Dylan's chameleonic musical persona and his resistance to easy interpretation and categorization. The film narrative, dialogue, characters, scenes and visuals are drawn from and heavily influenced by details from Dylan's music, lyrics and personal history. Each storyline in the film is made in a different style, mostly referencing 1960s art cinema, notably Fellini's 8½, Godard's Masculine Feminine and Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The film features extensive use of Dylan's music, including songs drawn from Dylan's bootleg recordings, and includes Dylan's original recordings as well as covers by Calexico (who appear in the film), Gainsbourg and other musicians. The beginning of the film features voiceover narration from singer/actor Kris Kristofferson.


Reception

The film debuted at the 2007 Telluride Film Festival and won widespread critical acclaim. Blanchett's performance received particular acclaim for her uncannily accurate impersonation of Dylan, and won a slew of awards and nominations, including the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Haynes has reported in interviews that the film I'm Not There was praised by Rosen, one of Dylan's sons and others close to Dylan, but he was unaware as to whether Dylan himself had viewed the film.


Mildred Pierce (2011)
Haynes' most recent project was a five-hour miniseries for HBO of Mildred Pierce based on the novel by James M. Cain and the 1945 film starring Joan Crawford. The cast starred Kate Winslet in the title role and featured Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, James LeGros and Hope Davis. Filming was completed in mid-2010 and the series began airing on HBO on 27 March 2011.

Best films

Far from Heaven (2002)
(Director)
I'm Not There. (2007)
(Director)

Usually with

Rob LaBelle
Rob LaBelle
(2 films)
James LeGros
James LeGros
(4 films)
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Filmography of Todd Haynes (18 films)

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Actor

Great Directors, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors David Lynch, Todd Haynes, Stephen Frears, Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater
Roles Himself
Rating63% 3.1971953.1971953.1971953.1971953.197195
Great Directors features interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, 43minutes
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Rob LaBelle, Michael David Edwards, Todd Haynes
Rating78% 3.943263.943263.943263.943263.94326
The film covers Karen Carpenter from the time of her "discovery" in 1966 to her untimely death by cardiac arrest (secondary to anorexia nervosa) in 1983. The movie begins with a quasi-first person recap of her mother Agnes Carpenter discovering Karen's body in her parents' Downey, California home on February 4, 1983, and then returns by flashback to 1966. The story touches on major points in Karen's life from 1966 on:

Director

Wonderstruck, 2h
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Personne sourde ou muette, Sign-language films, American Sign Language films, Films about language and translation
Actors Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds, Cory Michael Smith, Tom Noonan
Rating61% 3.098843.098843.098843.098843.09884
Sur deux époques distinctes, les parcours de Ben et Rose. Ces deux enfants souhaitent secrètement que leur vie soit différente ; Ben rêve du père qu'il n'a jamais connu, tandis que Rose, isolée par sa surdité, se passionne pour la carrière d'une mystérieuse actrice. Lorsque Ben découvre dans les affaires de sa mère l'indice qui pourrait le conduire à son père et que Rose apprend que son idole sera bientôt sur scène, les deux enfants se lancent dans une quête à la symétrie fascinante qui va les mener à New York.
Carol
Carol (2015)
, 1h58
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Cory Michael Smith, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, John Magaro
Rating72% 3.6018053.6018053.6018053.6018053.601805
Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is working in the toy department of a department store in New York during the Christmas season. She is approached by a woman, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), and she purchases a model train set for her daughter as a gift on her recommendation. She accidentally leaves her gloves on the counter, and Therese mails them back to her home in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Carol is going through a difficult divorce with her husband, Harge (Kyle Chandler), and is struggling to maintain custody of their daughter Rindy. Out of loneliness and gratitude for her kind act, Carol invites Therese to lunch, and they strike up a friendship. Carol invites her to her home for the holiday. Therese, who is also an aspiring photographer, takes several pictures of her as she buys a Christmas tree. Harge, who is suspicious of his wife's relationship with Therese following a brief tryst that she had years earlier with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson), leaves on a trip to Florida and takes Rindy with her.
Mildred Pierce (TV series)
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, James LeGros, Brían F. O'Byrne
Rating76% 3.848823.848823.848823.848823.84882
Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled, narcissistic daughter's love and respect.
I'm Not There., 2h15
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films
Actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Heath Ledger
Rating69% 3.498943.498943.498943.498943.49894
I'm Not There uses a nonlinear narrative, shifting between six characters in separate storylines "inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan". Each character represents a different facet of Dylan's public persona: poet (Arthur Rimbaud), prophet (Jack Rollins/Father John), outlaw (Billy McCarty), fake (Woody Guthrie), "rock and roll martyr" (Jude Quinn), and "star of electricity" (Robbie Clark). These seven characters represent different aspects of Dylan's life and music.
Far from Heaven, 1h47
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about racism, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn
Rating73% 3.698833.698833.698833.698833.69883
In 1957 suburban Connecticut, Cathy Whitaker appears to be the perfect wife, mother, and homemaker. Cathy is married to Frank, a successful executive at Magnatech, a company selling television advertising. One evening Cathy receives a phone call from the local police who are holding her husband. He says it's all a mix up but they won't let him leave alone. Frank has in fact been exploring the underground world of gay bars in Hartford, Connecticut. One day, Cathy spies an unknown black man walking through her yard. He turns out to be Raymond Deagan, the son of Cathy's late gardener.
Velvet Goldmine, 2h4
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Toni Collette, Janet McTeer, Lindsay Kemp
Rating69% 3.4997653.4997653.4997653.4997653.499765
Set in a dystopian, grey version of 1984, gay British journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is writing an article about the withdrawal from public life of 1970's bisexual glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), and is interviewing those who had a part in the entertainer's career. As each person recalls their thoughts, it becomes the introduction of the vignette for that particular segment in Slade's personal and professional life.
Safe
Safe (1995)
, 1h59
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Environmental films, Medical-themed films, Films about religion, Films about psychiatry
Actors Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley, James LeGros, Janel Moloney, Steven Gilborn
Rating71% 3.5982853.5982853.5982853.5982853.598285
Set in an affluent neighbourhood of the San Fernando Valley in 1987, the film recounts the life of a seemingly unremarkable homemaker, Carol White (Julianne Moore) who develops multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS, also known as "Twentieth-Century Disease"). MCS is a medically controversial diagnosis in which a person develops mild to severe non-specific symptoms and believes that these symptoms are triggered by chemicals found in everyday household and industrial products.
Poison
Poison (1991)
, 1h25
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Rob LaBelle, John Leguizamo, Evan Dunsky
Rating65% 3.2968453.2968453.2968453.2968453.296845
Hero: Seven-year-old Richie shoots his father and then flies away. The story is told in the style of an episode of a tabloid television news magazine. Horror: Told in the style of a "psychotropic horror film" of the mid-1960s, Horror is about a scientist who isolates the "elixir of human sexuality" and, after drinking it, is transformed into a hideous murdering leper.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, 43minutes
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Rob LaBelle, Michael David Edwards, Todd Haynes
Rating78% 3.943263.943263.943263.943263.94326
The film covers Karen Carpenter from the time of her "discovery" in 1966 to her untimely death by cardiac arrest (secondary to anorexia nervosa) in 1983. The movie begins with a quasi-first person recap of her mother Agnes Carpenter discovering Karen's body in her parents' Downey, California home on February 4, 1983, and then returns by flashback to 1966. The story touches on major points in Karen's life from 1966 on:

Scriptwriter

Mildred Pierce (TV series)
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, James LeGros, Brían F. O'Byrne
Rating76% 3.848823.848823.848823.848823.84882
Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled, narcissistic daughter's love and respect.
I'm Not There., 2h15
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films
Actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Heath Ledger
Rating69% 3.498943.498943.498943.498943.49894
I'm Not There uses a nonlinear narrative, shifting between six characters in separate storylines "inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan". Each character represents a different facet of Dylan's public persona: poet (Arthur Rimbaud), prophet (Jack Rollins/Father John), outlaw (Billy McCarty), fake (Woody Guthrie), "rock and roll martyr" (Jude Quinn), and "star of electricity" (Robbie Clark). These seven characters represent different aspects of Dylan's life and music.
Far from Heaven, 1h47
Directed by Todd Haynes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about racism, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn
Rating73% 3.698833.698833.698833.698833.69883
In 1957 suburban Connecticut, Cathy Whitaker appears to be the perfect wife, mother, and homemaker. Cathy is married to Frank, a successful executive at Magnatech, a company selling television advertising. One evening Cathy receives a phone call from the local police who are holding her husband. He says it's all a mix up but they won't let him leave alone. Frank has in fact been exploring the underground world of gay bars in Hartford, Connecticut. One day, Cathy spies an unknown black man walking through her yard. He turns out to be Raymond Deagan, the son of Cathy's late gardener.