The film Savage Grace made the opening of the Verzaubert festival. Once you saw the movie you understand the title. It is true that everything in it is grace. It is beautiful and the light of the summer season at La Costa Brava helps a lot. The luxury of the locations, the visited countries (Spain, France, England) add to the fact that we deal with a wealthy family. But a movie is also a story. This family moves all the time. We don't really understand what they do nor why even if the main character played by Julianne Moore tries to explain it when her son is still a young boy. It's not the main subject anyway except that it increases the feeling that this family can't be attached to anything (except the boy to a dog collar, you'll understand why while watching the film) . The story concentrates itself around the demanding son and the possessive mother. It has not really a lot to do with homosexuality except that the son can't really choose. These are the beautiful times of experiencing because following the ages and the movings we notice that the relationship between mother and son is becoming exclusive. When the mother has what we believe lovers and the son is discovering sex because most of the time he's alone there is a point when mother and son "finally" are together ... but really are together. The link is a "ménage à trois" they have with a friend of hers. The father is long gone and has no contacts with his son anymore. Since the relationship between mother and son is exclusive the light changes and after the USA and Spain it is a new city : Paris. There is something said during this period which I find interesting : "being tired of Paris means being tired of life". That surely explains why the mother wants to end her life by tempting to comit suicide. Lucky me, I was never bored of my city. But it gets darker when we find them in London. There, all is dark and in the same tone contrary with the violence of the colours of the beginning. And now comes the savage. Because of their closed realtionship, loneliness and isolation it turns to incest. The young man now (the movie covers less than 30 years) is difficult and even raises his voice against his mother. Something is wrong and we can't help thinking of a fatal issue of the story. The son does not control himself anymore and has completely lost connection with reality that he hardly knows.
I liked the fillm but It's like I never really enter in the movie because of its detachment for everything, its superficiality. I would have expected more crualty with such a subject but it's like there was no will of going deeper in the feelings. I guess because of this specific family and their étiquette feelings can't be shown but for my taste it's too much on the surface. Julianne Moore is as usual excellent and very strong in this part but somehow vampirizes other characters. Nevertheless all are good, especially the young man. Best scene : Julianne Moore losing control of herself outside the spanish airport (her husband just left her) and trying to get the perfect attitude. In the end worth seeing.