'Savage Grace': Moore handles intriguing role with skill

A murder story based on the scandal that overwhelmed socialite Barbara Baekeland (Moore) and her troubled son (Redmayne) … a fraught relationship that involved money, drugs, incest and death in the early l970s.

Director: Tom Kalin

Cast: Julianne Moore, Hugh Dancy, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne

A murder story based on the scandal that overwhelmed socialite Barbara Baekeland (Moore) and her troubled son (Redmayne) … a fraught relationship that involved money, drugs, incest and death in the early l970s.

It is a well-handled film in that it captures the cloying atmosphere of the time and the indolence of too much money and nowhere to go with it.

Moore makes a wonderfully fragile, ultimately tragic, mother and the whole makes for an intriguing melodrama.

Star Rating: 4/5

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