The Safety Of Objects

Overview

Following up on her 1998 opus Bedrooms and Hallways, Rose Troche directs this ensemble film about suburbia and its discontents. Once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Paul Gold Joshua Jackson now lies in a coma, attentively nursed by his mother Esther Glenn Close, who dotes on her son to the exclusion of her husband and her daughter Julie Jessica Campbell. Meanwhile, Jim Train Dermot Mulroney is a workaholic lawyer who is closer to his tortes than to his spouse Susan Moira Kelly. Their son Jake has taken a ...
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Overview

Following up on her 1998 opus Bedrooms and Hallways, Rose Troche directs this ensemble film about suburbia and its discontents. Once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Paul Gold Joshua Jackson now lies in a coma, attentively nursed by his mother Esther Glenn Close, who dotes on her son to the exclusion of her husband and her daughter Julie Jessica Campbell. Meanwhile, Jim Train Dermot Mulroney is a workaholic lawyer who is closer to his tortes than to his spouse Susan Moira Kelly. Their son Jake has taken a morbid fascination with his sister's foot-high girl doll. At the same time, Paul's former lover Annette Jennings Patricia Clarkson is trying to pull her life and her family back together after a particularly brutal divorce. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Director Rose Troche weaves together snippets of painful suburban short stories by A.M. Homes into the lukewarm ensemble piece The Safety of Objects. In a uniquely appealing opening sequence, the interconnected families are introduced by way of white plastic figurines in a dollhouse neighborhood, leading into the separate tragic episodes. Though undeniably interesting to piece together, many of these domestic situations translate as dull and uninvolving when put to film. This is fortunately helped by incredible performances from the well-cast group of actors. The underrated Patricia Clarkson shines here as a tough-as-nails mom, creating the most believable drama. Mary Kay Place is sad and funny as a fitness-obsessed neglected wife and Dermot Mulroney brings a freshness to his stale role with some funny internal monologues and character quirks. One of the more humorous subplots concerns his son, Jake (Alex House), who imagines a romantic relationship with a Barbie-style fashion doll. As the brooding daughter Julie, Jessica Campbell is a refreshingly real-looking teenager whose proportions are closer to actual living girls' bodies, rather than the emaciated ones usually photographed for audience consumption. As Julie's mom, Glenn Close also gives her all to the dowdy part of Esther, but even she can't bring enough urgency to the drama. Perhaps it's because the movie takes place after the car accident, rather than during a more exciting build-up (which was, incidentally, effectively done in the similarly themed The Ice Storm). Nevertheless, the interwoven stories are skillfully edited and manage to come together into a sincere tale of suburban woes without resorting to easy satire (American Beauty) or mean-spirited cynicism (Happiness). Troche also does her best to avoid excessive sentiment, leaving the story with a heartfelt but rather tepid conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • UPC: 883904128694
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Close Esther Gold
Dermot Mulroney Jim Train
Patricia Clarkson Annette Jennings
Jessica Campbell Julie Gold
Joshua Jackson Paul Gold
Timothy Olyphant Randy
Kristen Stewart Sam Jennings
Mary Kay Place Helen Christianson
Moira Kelly Susan Train
Alex House Jake Train
Charlotte Arnold Sally Christianson
Robert Klein Howard Gold
Andrew Airlie
Stephanie Mills
Angela Vint
Aaron Ashmore Bobby Christianson
C. David Johnson Wayne Christianson
Haylee Wanstall Rayanne Jennings
Balazs Koos Walter
Matthew MacLennan Jeff
Kathryn Winslow Catherine
Technical Credits
Rose Troche Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Dorothy Berwin Producer
Emboznik Score Composer
Christine Vachon Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incomplete Short Stories = The Safety of Objects

    A bunch of short stories, of which none is whole enough to make sense, with verbal raw sexual language and images, this video was a waste of time, and an extremely disappointing experience.

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    Posted March 14, 2009

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