"Far from Heaven" Movie Plot

by Rob Kemmett

"Far from Heaven" is a movie, directed by Todd Haynes, about a housewife who seems to have a perfect life until she catches her husband kissing another man. The story follows the woman's struggle to deal with her husband's secret homosexuality as she takes comfort in the arms of her African-American gardener. Set in the 1950s, when homosexuality and interracial relationships were extremely controversial, "Far from Heaven" stars Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert and Julianne Moore, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Setting

Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) and her husband Frank (Dennis Quaid) live in the suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut, with their two children. The neighborhood is full of working men and women who stay at home to take care of their children. Frank is a successful salesman who begins working late hours as he attempts to develop his career. With a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood and two children, Cathy's marriage to Frank seems to be one of perfection.

The Secret

As Frank continues to work longer and longer hours, Cathy starts to realize her marriage isn't all that perfect. Frank is hardly ever home, and Cathy's doubts get the best of her. She visits Frank at his office one day while he is working late and sees something she never expected: Frank kissing another man. Frank had been hiding his homosexuality from the world by taking cover underneath the guise of his marriage to Cathy.

Keeping Quiet

Frank is afraid that if his secret gets out, his life would be ruined. He begs Cathy to have mercy and keep quiet. Cathy, heartbroken and confused, complies with his request and keeps it to herself. Frank attempts to "cure" his homosexuality so he can have a "normal" life. Meanwhile, to cope with the reality that her marriage is a lie, Cathy seeks comfort in her African-American gardener, Raymond (Dennis Haysbert). Cathy finds Raymond to be a man of intelligence, class and comfort. She immediately builds a friendship with Raymond, which quickly turns into something more. The neighborhood doesn't approve of interracial relationships, so Cathy and Raymond keep to themselves about their romance. Just like Frank, Cathy now has a secret.

Decisions

Mona (Celia Watson), a neighbor, witnesses Cathy and Raymond spending time alone together. She quickly spreads gossip throughout the neighborhood that Cathy is having an affair with her African-American gardener. As news gets out, Frank and Cathy argue and decide it is best to get a divorce. Once a respected family in the neighborhood, the Whitakers lose their status as their secrets unfold. Cathy and Raymond struggle with the backlash of having an interracial relationship. Raymond decides to move to Baltimore with his two daughters to escape the drama, and Cathy is left with a choice -- either let him go or convince him to stay. In the end, Frank calls Cathy to inform her that the divorce papers are ready. Cathy heads to the station to stop Raymond from leaving. She attempts to convince him to stay, but Raymond boards the train and leaves Hartford, the drama and Cathy behind.

About the Author

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.