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Todd Haynes presents a revisionist take on the paranoia thriller with this story of a Southern California housewife who suddenly falls victim to an inexplicable, apparently incurable illness. Carol White (Julianne Moore) lives with her husband and son in suburban comfort until she collapses one day, for no apparent reason. Her condition worsens in the weeks that follow, as she suffers from coughing fits, exhaustion, and spontaneous nose bleeds, triggered by sources as disparate as car exhaust, cologne, and the sun. Failing to find any medical explanation for her maladies, her doctor refers her to a psychiatrist, who suggests that her physical ailments are psychosomatic -- a theory echoed by her callous and increasingly frustrated husband. At her wits' end, Carol withdraws to an expensive New Age retreat for sufferers of "20th century disease," where the community's guru (Peter Friedman) champions a dubious regimen of diet, climate control, introspection, and self-love. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

  • Release date:June 23, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Society of Film Critics Todd Haynes Best Director (Runner-up) 1995 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Todd Haynes Best Director 1995 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Todd Haynes Best Screenplay 1995 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Julianne Moore Best Actress 1995 Nominee

Cast

Julianne Moore
as Carol White
Peter Friedman
as Peter Dunning
Xander Berkeley
as Greg White
James LeGros
as Chris
Kate McGregor-Stewart
as Claire
Dean Norris
as Mover
Ronnie Farer
as Barbara
Jodie Markell
as Anita
Susan Norman
as Linda
Chauncey Leopardi
as Rory
Saachiko
as Dry Cleaners Manager
Allan Wasserman
as Client
Jean Pflieger
as Client's Wife
Steven Gilborn
as Dr. Hubbard
Janel Moloney
as Hairdresser
John Apicella
as Psychiatrist
Dana Anderson
as Lynn
Frank Dent
as Video Narrator
Peter Crombie
as Dr. Reynolds
Beth Grant
as Becky (auditorium Speaker)
Gerrielani Miyazaki
as Listener No. 2
Edith Meeks
as Patient No. 1
Lorna Scott
as Marilyn
James Lyons
as Cab Driver
Mary Carver
as Nell
April Grace
as Susan
Jessica Harper
as Joyce
Brandon Cruz
as Steve
Cassy Friel
as Baby Shower Child
Francesca Roberts
as Patient No. 2
Sarah Scott Davis
as Sarah
Ravi Achar
as Wrenwood Instructor
Julie Burgess
as Aerobics Instructor
Joe Comando
as Exterminator
Brendan Dolan
as Patrolman
Tricia Dong
as Wrenwood Patient
Tim Gardner
as Department Store Dispatcher
Wendy Gayle
as Baby Shower Mother
Eleanor Graham
as Singer
Wendy Haynes
as Waitress
Martha Velez-Johnson
as Fulvia
Jo Wilkinson
as Listener
Brendan Dolan
as Patrolman
Wendy Haynes
as Waitress
Jean Pflieger
as Client's Wife
Martha Velez-Johnson
as Fulvia
Joe Comando
as Exterminator
Ravi Achar
as Wrenwood Instructor
Dana Anderson
as Lynn
Sarah Scott Davis
as Sarah
James Lyons
as Cab Driver
Beth Grant
as Becky (auditorium Speaker)
Ronnie Farer
as Barbara
Edith Meeks
as Patient No. 1
Brandon Cruz
as Steve
Jodie Markell
as Anita
Dean Norris
as Mover
Susan Norman
as Linda
Tricia Dong
as Wrenwood Patient
Gerrielani Miyazaki
as Listener No. 2
Mary Carver
as Nell
Eleanor Graham
as Singer
Tim Gardner
as Department Store Dispatcher
Janel Moloney
as Hairdresser
Chauncey Leopardi
as Rory
Peter Crombie
as Dr. Reynolds
John Apicella
as Psychiatrist
Allan Wasserman
as Client
Julie Burgess
as Aerobics Instructor
April Grace
as Susan
Cassy Friel
as Baby Shower Child
Wendy Gayle
as Baby Shower Mother
Frank Dent
as Video Narrator
Francesca Roberts
as Patient No. 2
Saachiko
as Dry Cleaners Manager
Jessica Harper
as Joyce
Lorna Scott
as Marilyn
Steven Gilborn
as Dr. Hubbard

Crew

Todd Haynes
Director
Lauren Zalaznick
Producer
Christine Vachon
Producer
Denny Vachlioti
Producer
Todd Haynes
Screenwriter
Alex Nepomniaschy
Cinematographer
Ed Tomney
Composer (Music Score)
James Lyons
Editor
David J. Bomba
Production Designer
Tony Stabley
Art Director
Ernest Kerns
Associate Producer
James Schamus
Executive Producer
Ted Hope
Executive Producer
Nancy Steiner
Costume Designer
Jakki Fink
Casting
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