No mother and son should be this close. However, I never felt any pity for him. Does anyone else ever gets the sense that Julianne Moore get cast primarily because she's willing to do explicit stuff on camera, while still being able to read lines well? Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. This guy was caught up in his parents screwed up relationship and it obviously had some very harsh affects on him. Based on a true story it definitely lives up to its tagline. The act is showy but the persons response cues the audience into what affect it had on them.
Instead, Kalin shows us lots of little pointless scenes such as Redmayne smoking or Moore painting and there was no reason, what-so-ever, for Stephen Dillane's full frontal nude scene at the gym.
Julianne Moore - Savage Grace (Mom Son) compilation
He is never shown having any sort of responsibility, other than an obligation to his manipulative mother, and that is the film's problem. Look at the scene where Tony leaves letters in his father's garden for him to find. She is wonderful in this part. He is shown living a life of complete and utter leisure in all sorts of wonderful locations. I blame the director. The sex acts may be shocking but it is the actors reactions to them that are far more important.