21 July 2010

Life During Wartime

Written & Directed by: Todd Solondz
Full credits at IMDb

Todd Solondz's queasy, drily comical, and morally hefty Life During Wartime might be the most important movie of the year—at least the most engaging. It speaks not just for a generation but for an entire country...The film is a follow-up to Solondz's Happiness, which capped the 90s by exploring the pernicious perversity that propped up Clinton-era prosperity. Wartime rounds off the aughts, which Solondz presents as a distorted mirror-version of its predecessor. Accordingly, these two films, and their opening scenes, are very much the same, but different. Like, the characters are the same, but played by different actors. The setting has moved from suburban New Jersey to sunny Florida.

But you can't outrun your problems...

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