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USA, 2009 (MIFF 2010, International Panorama)

Director: Todd Solondz

“Profound in its funny hipness, it shows Solondz as the true heir to Woody Allen, albeit on a far kinkier and politically/socially engaged level.” - Hollywood Reporter

A decade on from the squeamishly unforgettable Happiness, divisive filmmaker Todd Solondz returns to the lives of the same neurotic, sexually perverted and crushingly lonely characters in modern day Miami. Dealing with the fallout from their calamitous pasts, the twisted Jordan sisters and their messed-up men contemplate the possibility of forgiving and forgetting.

With an all-new cast that includes The Wire's Michael K. Williams standing in for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Pee-wee Herman (aka Paul Reubens) reprising Jon Lovitz's (short-lived) role, Life During Wartime finds Solondz mellowed but by no means less warped.

Recipient of multiple awards including the Golden Osella award for best screenplay at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

D/S Todd Solondz P Christine Kunewa Walker, Derrick Tseng WS Fortissimo Films TD DCP/2009

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... ... They don't come any blacker, meaner or more deadpan than Todd Solondz' pitch-perfect sophomore feature. Welcome to the Dollhouse. It depicts the physical and psychic humiliations suffered by ... More »


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The turmoil and romantic confusion of a 20-something college student plays out over a laconic summer in New York. ... As New York stretches and groans under her feet, college student Ivy returns to ... More »


“This is a fully felt, morally alert, marvellously acted piece of work.” - New Yorker ... Of all the war movies to come out of the USA in the last few years The Messenger is one of the most ... More »

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