Saturday, July 26, 2008


Fact based drama

In 1909 Dr. Leo Baekeland developed the first plastic ever, which he named after himself. Bakelite was used for its electrically non-conductive and heat-resistant properties in radio and telephone casings and electrical insulators. It was also used in such diverse products as kitchenware, jewellery, pipe stems and children's toys. It made the inventor very rich.

Julianne Moore: Barbara Baekeland
Stephen Dillane: her wealthy husband Brooks
Eddie Redmayne: their 20-something-year old son Tony
Elena Anaya: his girlfriend Blanca

At the risk of giving away the plot any story about the incestuous relationship between a mother and her son to “cure him of his homosexuality” will probably be of interest to very few. Even if it is a true story.

I didn’t know anything about the main theme so I hung in as long as I could even though three people left the theatre before I did. Never a good sign.

For whatever reason the film does not have the usual MPAA rating so I gave it my own based on scenes of full frontal male and female nudity and several sex acts (both heterosexual and homosexual).

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