Savage Grace

  • 15
  • Tom Kalin (2007)
  • Sp / Fr / US (SUB)
  • 93 min
Savage Grace
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This belated second feature from Swoon director Tom Kalin is another lurid true story of the rich and deeply dysfunctional. At its core is the unnaturally close and ultimately tragic relationship between brittle American socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland (an impressive Julianne Moore) and her louche son Tony (played as an adult by a well-cast Eddie Redmayne). Beginning in New York in 1946, the film is narrated by Tony and charts the story of his mother's miserable marriage to plastics heir Brooks Baekeland (Stephen Dillane) over the next two decades. There's barely a let-up in the procession of social and sexual humiliations that haunts these three unhappy figures, as the tone veers between black comedy, melodrama and moments of genuine pathos. But, in the end, it is Moore's performance as the chronically insecure Barbara that anchors this fascinating yet sometimes frustratingly superficial story - bravely conveying the deep unhappiness beneath the glittering surface.

Plot Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane and Eddie Redmayne. Social climber Barbara Daly seems to get everything she wanted when she marries Brooks Baekeland, the heir to the Bakelite fortune. But he soon loses interest and she turns to stifling their troubled son, Tony.

Cast and crew


Barbara Baekeland
Julianne Moore
Brooks Baekeland
Stephen Dillane
Tony Baekeland
Eddie Redmayne
Sam Green
Hugh Dancy
Nini Daly
Anne Reid
Elena Anaya
Tony as a child
Barney Clark


Tom Kalin

Other Information

English, French, Spanish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Revolver Entertainment
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, a sex scene, nudity
Available on DVD
Released 11 Jul 2008
Certificate 15
Revolver Entertainment