Life During Wartime (Criterion Collection)

Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world ridd
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Ask Todd, an Audio Q&A with Director Todd Solondz in which he responds to viewers' questions
    • Making "Life During Wartime," a new Documentary featuring interviews with actors Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Allison Janney, Michael Lerner, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy and Michael Kenneth Williams, as well as on-set footage
    • New Interviews with Lachman
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay with Film Critic David Sterritt
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - 05/01/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's clear this is out to provoke as strongly as HAPPINESS did..."
Total Film - 04/08/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he cast render these muddled people understandable....Janney juggles despair with forlorn hope, Charlotte Rampling grabs a brief cameo by the jugular and Dylan Riley Snyder pairs hurt with eagerness."
Sight and Sound Critic - 05/01/2010
"[I]t is the young Dylan Riley Snyder who gives the most engaging performance."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/30/2010
"[A] creepy/beautiful, engrossing/repellent follow-up to his 1998 dystopian family epic HAPPINESS....In a staring contest with his audience, Solondz never blinks." -- Grade: B+
Box Office - 07/22/2010
3 stars out of 5 -- "Both Henderson and Williams fit into the dark Solondz world by skillfully speaking in serious, measured tones, while discussing extreme activities."
New York Times - 07/22/2010
"The actors handle the awkwardness beautifully, each finding a way to make Mr. Solondz's meticulous, slightly mannered dialogue sound like natural speech."
Movieline - 07/22/2010
"At times the film plays like a liberal mockumentary..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/30/2010
"[A] sharp-edged comic tragedy about families, forgiveness and the unsettling ironies that can threaten to unravel even an ordinary life."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/04/2010
"This is the Solondz world....He evokes so effectively his own point of view, which is appalling and compulsive."

Product Description:

Directed by Todd Solondz, this ensemble film tells the tale of a large dysfunctional family. Joy (Shirley Henderson) continues to have problems with her husband, Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams), and looks to her family for advice. A dead former boyfriend (Paul Reubens) continues to try to win her heart from the great beyond. Joy's sister, Trish (Allison Janney), meets a retiree whom she hopes will normalize her chaotic life. A third sister, screenwriter Helen (Ally Sheedy), is full of bitterness toward both her family and her career. Their mother, Mona (Renée Taylor), wants absolutely nothing to do with men. And, ex-con Bill (Ciarán Hinds), Trish's former husband, wants to reconcile with their son. LIFE DURING WARTIME is a pseudo-sequel to Solondz's HAPPINESS with different actors playing the same characters from that earlier film.

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Black Comedy | Ghosts

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