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MovieRetriever Interview: Todd Solondz, Director of Life During Wartime

MovieRetriever: You may think he’s a misanthrope and, well, we’ll get to that. Solondz’s newest film Life During Wartime is a quasi-sequel to Happiness with an entirely new cast exploring the themes of the first film with a new emotional depth. Shot almost entirely as a series of two-person scenes of emotional revelation, stars Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson, Ally Sheedy, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Marquette, and Paul Reubens (yes, Pee-Wee Herman) rise to the challenge of Solondz’s least ironic work to date.

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An Interview with Todd Solondz, America's Darkest Filmmaker


We speak to the 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' director about feeling like an outsider and making movies about mortality.


Philly: Life During Wartime Review

Philly: Physicists say that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Todd Solondz says that for every measure of happiness, there is a unequally larger and opposite measure of pain.


MovieRetriever: Life During Wartime Review

MovieRetriever: If someone were to make a list of the least-expected sequels of all time, Todd Solondz's follow-up to Happiness, Life During Wartime, would have to be on that list. Considering the relatively disappointing Storytelling and Palindromes, what's equally-as-unexpected is the dramatic effectiveness of Solondz's most heartfelt and un-ironic film to date.

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