Life During Wartime

Life During Wartime

Directed by Todd Solondz • 2010 • United States

In LIFE DURING WARTIME, independent filmmaker Todd Solondz explores contemporary American existence and the nature of forgiveness with his customary dry humor and queasy precision. The film functions as a distorted mirror image of Solondz's acclaimed 1998 dark comedy HAPPINESS, its emotionally stunted characters now groping for the possibility of change in a post-9/11 world. HAPPINESS's grim New Jersey setting is transposed mainly to sunny Florida, but the biggest twist is that new actors fill the roles from the earlier film, including Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, and Ally Sheedy as alarmingly dissimilar sisters, and Ciarán Hinds hauntingly embodying a reformed pedophile. Shot in expressionistic tones by cinematographer extraordinaire Ed Lachman, Solondz's film finds the humor in the tragic and the tragic in the everyday.

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Life During Wartime
  • Life During Wartime

    Directed by Todd Solondz • 2010 • United States

    In LIFE DURING WARTIME, independent filmmaker Todd Solondz explores contemporary American existence and the nature of forgiveness with his customary dry humor and queasy precision. The film functions as a distorted mirror image of Solondz's acclaim...

Extras

  • Ask Todd

    In March 2011, the Criterion Collection invited viewers to e-mail questions for director Todd Solondz about LIFE DURING WARTIME. In this audio presentation, the director answers some of the hundreds of questions sent in from around the world.

  • LIFE DURING WARTIME Actors’ Reflections

    In the following video piece, actors Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Allison Janney, Michael Lerner, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, and Michael Kenneth Williams discuss their experiences making LIFE DURING WARTIME. The interviews were conducted in spring 2011.

  • Ed Lachman on LIFE DURING WARTIME

    This interview with LIFE DURING WARTIME director of photography Ed Lachman was conducted in March 2011.

  • Ed Lachman: Selected-Scene Commentary

    This selected-scene commentary featuring LIFE DURING WARTIME director of photography Ed Lachman was conducted in March 2011.

  • Ed Lachman: Five Questions

    This interview with LIFE DURING WARTIME director of photography Ed Lachman was conducted in March 2011.