in about 100 words or less
UK/US 119m, Colour
Director: Todd Haynes; Cast: Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley, James LeGros
Safe is the story a woman who suffers from sensitivities to chemicals, exhaust, and many everyday products such as hair products and cologne. After a doctor declares her healthy, and refers her to a psychiatrist, she seeks out self-help remedies and new age “solutions”. Without taking sides, Haynes leaves the source of Carol’s disease open to interpretation. If taken as a commentary on the increasing toxicity of the world, Safe is years ahead of its time, as these kinds of reactions become more commonplace. Likewise, Carol’s need to seek quack cures can be seen an indictment of medicine’s inability to help her solve her very real medical conditions (Klaus Ming March 2016).