A decade on from the squeamishly unforgettable Happiness, divisive filmmaker Todd Solondz returns to the lives of the same neurotic, sexually perverted and crushingly lonely characters (all played by different actors) in modern day Miami.
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Watching Happiness prior to this film sparked a more sentimental relation to the conflicts presented, but Life During Wartime can stand on its own two feet. Having also seen Welcome to the Dollhouse recently, I feel that this film is Solondz' more visually entertaining film, but it's equally strong in its storytelling as the others. Can't wait to check out the rest of his filmography - I am a fan.
Another wonderful film from Solondz. One thing I especially appreciated, was that this is probably his most visually interesting film. Like the person below me said, while it is a "sequel" to "Happiness", it works perfectly fine on it's own. The characters and acting are great as always and I love how obviously political the film is. Very fascinating stuff. Another Solondz film I absolutely loved!
"I miss my laserdisc collection". "Well, China is going to take over so all of this will does not matter in the end" "Pedophiles are terrorists". Todd Solondz's bitter-bitter un-follow up to Happiness has some of the best lines of the year. Forgive and forget, people. Forgive and forget.
I am not certain if my issue is more with Solondz's films or if it is with the audiences that hysterically laugh and seem to worship them... Finding humor in human suffering makes for interesting material, but I generally find his work (including Life During Wartime) a bit foul and always short of having any kind of depth or meaning.
A very interesting misfire. There are many excellent individual performances, but they never coalesce into a functional ensemble, just as the film itself never gels into a cohesive whole, as Solondz experiments with some unusual elements, only some of which work. There are some inspired moments of acerbic wit, but this is easily Solondz' weakest film to date - though still definitely worth watching.