Thursday, June 19, 2008


Last night I saw the movie Savage Grace. This is an IFC film and it is based on the true life story of the Baekeland family, heirs to the Bakelite plastics fortune. It stars Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, and Elena Anaya. This movie is a great argument for bringing mental illness out of the closet. In this family, the father referred to psychiatry as "professionally amoral" and thus refused to pay for treatment for his son. This stance resulted in some extreme moral boundary pushing in terms of family behavior and eventual murder of the mother (Barabare Baekeland) by the son (Antony Baekeland). This movie was both beautiful and disturbing and I can't think of any other way to describe it.

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