Spoiled Children of Divorce


“Savage Grace”

This movie, Savage Grace, completely destroyed my week-end. It’s the most miserable story in the world. Julianne Moore plays a rich socialite nymphomaniac who is murdered by her son. It’s based on the life of a woman called Barbara Baekeland and I don’t know how much of it is true. Barbara Baekeland married and was dumped by an heir to a Plastics fortune. She developed an abnormally close relationship with her son which can probably qualify in modern terms as Parental Alienation Syndrome, along with Incest and just plain old creep out.  I sort of wonder if Incest (between parent and child at any rate) is sometimes connected with Parental Alienation Syndrome.

The Son, Antony Baekeland, was Gay and his Mother seduced him in order to try to convert him to normal, not that she’d have a clue what that was.  The Father left Anthony to take care of his Mother alone as she descended into depressions and eventually a suicide attempt.  There is a really great line in the movie where Anthony is writing to his father telling him that his only inheritance was taking care of his mother.  Really interesting line in a family where inheritance and money seem to have caused so much trouble.  The Father apparently did nothing to help his Son, typical behavior.

According to what I read on the Internet (sorry forget to get any links)  Tony (Antony) was released from jail eventually and went to live with his Mother’s Mother.  After a week he stabbed her.  So, he was permanently destroyed.  He eventually committed suicide in jail.

I have no idea how closely the movie follows what people know about the real story but I’ve found that movies are highly fictionalized. I don’t know if I recommend this to anyone who grew up in a difficult Divorce or suffered Incest or Suicides.  Unlike the movie “About A Boy” which is partly about a boy witnessing his Mother’s suicide attempt, there’s no redemption to this story, made all the worse because it’s based on real life.  Some of the reviews that I’ve read say that they don’t even believe it could be a real story, har har.  The movie is based on a book by the same title.


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The story unfortunatly is true.

Comment by Frank Ingram




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