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Plot: Separated from her incarcerated husband Bill (Hinds), Trish (Janney) is about to be married again. Bill is a pedophile, so Trish couldn't be more excited to have Harvey (Lerner), a "normal" father figure for her two sons. But when Bill is released from prison and the boys finally meet their future… Runtime: 98 min Release Date: 03 Sep 2009
Another foray into Cinema of the Grotesque (by sammikat007)
If you are familiar with Todd Solondz' work, his latest film follows up on the fractured families we previously encountered in Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness, but with entirely re-cast characters, which is thematically related to his previous film, Palindromes. Actually, these films all take place within the same bleak universe. The film is set several years after the events of Happiness, although in Solondz' fractured universe, the timeline doesn't quite make sense if you think about it too hard. However, the characters' development is as beautiful as they themselves <more>
are grotesque.Ciaran Hinds' portrayal of Bill Maplewood, the pedophile father originally played by Dylan Baker is superb, as is the rest of the cast. Of particular note is Paul Reubens as Jon Lovitz's ghost who appears to Joy Henderson played by Shirley Henderson : casting Pee-Wee Herman as a not-so tortured soul or possibly a manifestation of Joy's neurosis is an absolute stroke of genius on the director's part. Another standout is the always amazing Allison Janney, it is completely believable that the oh so perky Cynthia Stevenson would turn into this love-starved small-minded medicated woman after the events of "Happiness." This is not an easy, date movie. This director's films never are.
Pales in comparison to it's predecessor. (by btrain91-94-922639)
Life during wartime seems to attempt to make you forget there was a movie before it, I am of course referring to "Happiness",wonderful actors such and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jane Adams have been replaced by nearly unlikable actors that strain to meet the standard and fall short. To avoid spoilers I'll stay away from the plot, but I have to address that I was shocked by how flat the writing is, and how stale the dialog becomes after only a minute or so. This was difficult to watch, because of how much respect I have for Todd Solondz after I first watched Happiness. It seems <more>
that this effort by Solondz was forced, like he didn't want to make this movie, if this effort was genuine than I apologize to him in advance for the following, this is not a very good movie. In closing, I probably won't watch this movie again, but that wont stop me from watching Todd Solondz's earlier, better movies. But don't let this review stop you from watching Life During Wartime, as I always say to each his own.
The great Todd Solondz did it again. (by HenrikAjax)
Few people possess the ability to unmask human weaknesses the way Todd Solondz does it. With virtuoso technique he shows the silliness of the protagonists behavior and I find myself laughing out loud to situations that would be extremely painful, had I been in them myself. What I am most amazed by is that, just like in 'Happiness', the only characters who feel true and free of "phoniness" are people, who usually would be antiheroes or simply to immoral to ever show up in a normal Hollywood drama. The pedophile and the divorcée, who calls herself a monster, belong to the <more>
very few who actually try to express what the really feel. The great Todd Solondz did it again.
Todd Solondz' follow-up to the masterpiece "Happiness" is about forgiveness. Forgiveness for everything? Even for one of the biggest crimes possible to commit against a child? Is forgiveness even something desirable? The memory still remains and what's the use of forgiveness then? You'll live through remembering and you're still punished, even if the forgiveness is for real.Deep felt philosophy here, deep acting and not a dead second. There's also a place for humor, a possibility to laugh at ridiculous things, it's a tale of real life. Solondz put the <more>
questions, he gives alternative answers and you walk out rather shaken.
The last words of this film for me were absolute perfection. While this film did have its flaws, the things it got right made up for all of them. There are some profound ideas in this film that can be overlooked if you're too focused on the bizarre storyline. But perhaps ideas like this can only be accurately portrayed with content as explicit as this. Solondz's films are exactly what they appear to be. They hide nothing, and I think that's what turns people off. People want a fantasy. They don't want to see backdrops of Taco Bell parking lots and they certainly don't want <more>
to hear about pedophilia or about the sort of unhappy talk they hear in their own families hoisted up on the big screen. I admit I didn't really care for the 'ghost' sequences but they were certainly entertaining. The timing and subtlety really shines here, every actor was excellent. I really didn't know what would happen next-one of the big reasons I am a Solondz fan. That facet alone makes his films true to life. People call this a bad 'vanity project' but I disagree. I laughed out loud, I was shocked, amazed, and at the end of the last scene I was literally breathless.
Reflections on "Happiness" (by littlemartinarocena)
Todd Solondz is unique and so are his films. He forces you to look through an angle that we systematically ignore. There is an element of tenderness that permeates the darkest of corners and compassion emerges, limpid, clear even rational. This is, if possible, a sequel to his masterful "Happiness" The pain is still palpable but there is a hint of hope, China or not China. "I don't care about freedom or democracy, I care about my dad" Yes, I hear you kid. In the midst of it all, I hear you. Added bonuses: Cieran Hids as a scary, powerful presence. Allison Janney, one <more>
of the best American actresses working today. Charlotte Rampling makes an appearance as a sort of escapee from an erotic nightmare and don't you dare ignore or let this film pass you by. Todd Solondz is a great, startling American poet.
It is America as America pretends it is not. (by ar656)
When in a discussion with others, others have the duty to present their argument in the clearest way, but it is OUR duty to try to understand it. Just saying "well, you did not convince me" does not cut it. In works of art, like in discussions, for the work of art to "work", be it a poem, a book, a monument, a picture, a piece of music, or a film, it is necessary that the "artist" presents his work in the best possible way, but it is the duty of the public, to try to understand it.Todd is one of the great masters of American cinema. He is particularly interested <more>
in Middle America, middle class, in the suburbs. And one of the main characteristics of middle class everywhere, is that there are certain things you do not talk about. And this is just the way it is: YOU JUST DO NOT TALK ABOUT THEM. Those things could be your father being a paedophile, why do terrorists hate us, or a humongous picture of a young Palestinian throwing a stone at an Israeli tank hanging on the wall of a successfully Jewish writer.Basically, this movie and most of Todd's work is about a country that has made "Don't ask, don't tell" the motto of its every day life.
I saw Life During Wartime today at the Toronto International Film Festival. This definitely will be a film to divide audiences--like Solondz's other works from what I've heard. I'm definitely on the side of having enjoyed and appreciate it as an intelligent, thought- provoking, and well-written dark comedy/drama it certainly defies classification! . Admittedly the pace is slow and the film drags occasionally. Most of the scenes consist of conversations between just two characters, that alternate between depressing and unintentionally hilarious owing largely to self-absorbed or <more>
tactless exchanges . LDW is a smart film, it's true-to-life, and it has a lot to say about the nature of forgiveness. You'll see a lot of crying and people apologizing to each other. All of the characters are victims, in a one way or another, and are at with with themselves or with demons from their past. And each character has a different stance on forgiveness. The audience is left to wonder whether it's best to forgive and forget, forgive but never forget, forget but never forgive, or neither forget nor forgive ... Confused? So was I, but it's fun to discuss afterwards, and put the various characters views on forgiveness into place after the film--and how factors like religion and age interact with these views. Solondz also prompts us to consider the role of forgiveness in 9/11 and the war in the Middle East. In the end the only real complaint I had was that the film ended so suddenly. I hope we get to revisit these characters one last time. For now, I'm going back and watching Happiness which I haven't seen in 10 years, and will certain help fill in some gaps given that it focuses on the same family .