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July 28, 1995 | 1h 59m


Drama, Thriller


Todd Haynes


Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris, Julie Burgess, Ronnie Farer, Jodie Markell, Susan Norman, Martha Velez-Johnson, Chauncey Leopardi, Saachiko, Tim Gardner, Wendy Haynes, Alan Wasserman, Steven Gilborn, Janel Moloney, Brendan Dolan, John Apicella, Dana Anderson, Wendy Gayle, Cassy Friel, Frank Dent, Peter Crombie, Sarah Davis, Beth Grant, Jo Wilkinson, Edith Meeks, Francesca P Roberts, Lorna Scott, Peter Friedman, Kate McGregor-Stewart, James Lyons, Mary Carver, April Grace, James LeGros, Rio Hackford, Jessica Harper, Brandon Cruz, Jean St. James


Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick, James Schamus, Ted Hope, Lindsay Law, Ernest Kerns Jr.


Todd Haynes


Carol White is an affluent Los Angeles housewife whose pristine, doll-like environment turns against her in the form of an inexplicable illness. What begins as sudden allergic reactions to everyday chemicals, fragrances and fumes turns increasingly violent, transforming the laminated safety of Carol's existence into a terror of everyday life. When she is diagnosed with an immunity disorder called "Twentieth Century Illness" and sets off to New Mexico in search of treatment, Carol's journey turns inward. And, in the crisis of identity that results, the film reveals the way in which disease infects our basic sense of who we are.


  • Alex Nepomniaschy Winner for the 1996 Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
  • Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick Co-Nominee for the 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature
  • Julianne Moore Nominee for the 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
  • Todd Haynes Nominee for the 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
  • Todd Haynes Nominee for the 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
  • Todd Haynes Special Mention for the 1996 Rotterdam International Film Festival for FIPRESCI Award
  • Winner of the 1995 award for Best Cinematography from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

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