DIRECTOR: TOM KALIN
CAST: JULIANNE MOORE, EDDIE REDMAYNE, STEPHEN DILLANE, ANNE REID
With Tom Kalin, Christine Vachon, Katie Roumel, and Howard Rodman in person
Among Julianne Moore’s juiciest roles—and that’s saying something—is that of controversial heiress Barbara Daly Baekeland, real-life tabloid fodder up to her death in 1972 and inheritor of the Bakelite plastics millions. Kalin, whose Swoon was a new queer cinema landmark, gives us Baekeland as a ruthless, debauched social climber, contemptuous of her husband (Stephane Dillane) while attached at the hip to her troubled gay son (Eddie Redmayne), who she has very curious notions about “curing,” the entire family plotted on a one-way course to infamy and True Crime catastrophe. Perfectly performed, shot with cunning control, and overdue for reconsideration.