MIFF has keenly followed the emerging career of US indie filmmaker Rose Troche, with her debut, Go Fish (1994) and Bedrooms and Hallways (1999). The Safety of Objects sees Troche widen her canvas to shopping malls and posh suburban neighbourhoods complete with backyard pools.
A top-notch cast - including Glenn Close, Jessica Campbell and Joshua Jackson - flesh out the lives of four families all struggling to crawl out from isolating, object-suffocating spaces. Paul Gold lies in his bedroom in a coma, his mother nursing him to the neglect of her husband and daughter. Paul's ex-lover, Annette, tries to keep herself and her disjointed family together through a messy divorce. Meanwhile, Jim Train finds more intimacy in his legal career than his wife, while their son conceals a romance with his sister's 12-inch doll!
Co-produced by Christine Vachon's Killer Films (whose resume include Kids, Boys Don't Cry and One Hour Photo, the latter in MIFF this year), Troche imbues subversive humour and engaging sympathy into the film's tight script.
"Acted by an excellent cast headed by Glenn Close and directed with ferocious confidence by Troche." - Screen International
Rose Troche has worked in film as an editor, writer, producer and director. Her first feature, Go Fish (MIFF 1994), won a number of awards at Festivals around the world. Her second feature, Bedrooms and Hallways (MIFF 1999) won the Audience Award at London.