Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tom Kalin|
|Produced by||Iker Monfort|
|Screenplay by||Howard A. Rodman|
|Based on||Savage Grace|
by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson
|Music by||Fernando Velázquez|
|Cinematography||Juan Miguel Azpiroz|
|Edited by||John F. Lyons|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Savage Grace is a 2007 drama film directed by Tom Kalin and written by Howard A. Rodman, based on the book Savage Grace by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson. The story is based on the dysfunctional, allegedly incestuous relationship between heiress and socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland and her son, Antony. The film stars Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Elena Anaya, and Hugh Dancy.
The film is based on the true story of Barbara Daly Baekeland (Moore), her husband Brooks Baekeland (Dillane), heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune, and their only child Antony (Redmayne), who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The story begins with Antony's birth and follows the family to the time of his arrest for the murder of his mother.
Critics gave the film mixed reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a 38% of approval, based on 89 reviews -- the consensus reads "though visually compelling, the lamentable characters in Savage Grace make for difficult viewing."Metacritic, another review aggregator, reported the film had an average score of 51 out of 100, based on 28 reviews.
After the film opened, Baekeland's former lover, Samuel Adams Green (played by Dancy in the film), wrote an article pointing out that elements in the film were factually inaccurate, such as the ménage à trois scene of Barbara, Antony, and Sam having sex.