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Todd Solondz provokes (again) with Life During Wartime

Sisters Joy (Shirley Henderson) and Helen (Ally Sheedy) are part of Life During Wartime's unhappy family

TS Yes, but you have to be careful. I have no sympathy for [Hinds' character] Bill Maplewood or someone who could commit those crimes, but he is tragic since he also loved his son. People want to embrace humanity or love mankind, but those are abstractions so they don't really mean anything. Rather, to what extent can you allow someone like Bill Maplewood into that embrace of humanity? To me pedophilia has no inherent interest. It's how it serves as a metaphor for that which is most demonized, ostracized, and feared that interests me. I think in this country more people would rather have dinner with Osama bin Laden than with Bill Maplewood.

SFBG Can you divulge anything about the film you're working on now?

TS The title is Dark Horse, and all I can say is that there is no child molestation, rape, or masturbation in it, so I know what's left. But we'll see how marketable it is.

LIFE DURING WARTIME opens Fri/6 in Bay Area theaters.



Saw Life During Wartime last night at the Clay. Compared to a film like Happiness, Life During Wartime is a mere movie. Once the references to early Solondz films wear off, all you've got left are the older, more uncomfortable characters conversing like they're passing a hard stool one tiny chunk at a time.

Happiness broke new ground because every second scene doubled down on breaking the bounds of offensiveness and disgust with the everyday contradictions of American middle class life. Life During Wartime keeps it all on the straight and narrow, more a tour of thew wreckage than a dissection of the wreck.

Coming out of the theatre, I gave it a C+. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 75.


Posted by marcos on Aug. 07, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

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