Life During Wartime
Directed by: Todd Solondz
Cast: Shirley Henderson, Paul Reubens, Alison Janney, Dylan Riley Snyder, Chris Marquette
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: August 6, 2010 (Limited)
PLOT: Twelve years after their father (Hinds) is sent to jail for child molestation, two brothers (Snyder, Marquette) struggle with the idea of forgiveness while suffering through the pain of remembering.
WHO’S IT FOR? While this film can stand on its own, those who have already seen Solondz’s Happiness would be at great advantage to re-familiarize themselves with that film’s characters, so that the actor switch-up of this “quasi-sequel” to that 1998 film makes a bit more sense. For those new to Solondz, Life During Wartime is for those who appreciate dark comedies that can plunge into the heaviest shades of black in order to test one’s potential to sympathize with characters of various serious flaws.
EXPECTATIONS: I had been waiting for this movie for about three years. My anticipation for this movie was heightened when it received critical praise at a few festivals, not to mention the award for “Best Screenplay” from Cannes.