Solondz’s depiction of selfish human behavior in Storytelling (2001) was couched within the context of a thought-provoking examination of the ways people transmute reality into fiction, for better but mostly for worse.
Solondz has an acerbic eye for the dark underbelly of suburbia. Another tragicomic blend of suburban hell, bound to leave a sour taste. Despite the bleakness, Solondz steers clear of fully dehumanising these dysfunctionals.
Part 1 "Fiction" was flawless. Part 2 wasn't as enthralling, but it was worth it for the ending. It also made fun of American Beauty, which was spot on. I loved the intensity, the horrible white characters, and the undeniable evil of white privilege. Smart, perceptive, ultimately depressing. Blackest of comedies. For fans of mockumentary and Haneke.
Again, haunting stories of real life. Losers, loners, little tyrants and dining/interrogation rooms. The soundtrack is perfect, from the exciting house music from late 90's, coloring things up in the suburbs, to the sad B&S songs that remind us of fucked up lonely teenage time. This one is not less provocative, it's just not so obvious.
This Solondz film is very self-aware of its uncomfortable subject matter, but it is not smug about it. Its status as interesting art results from its story being unlikable, which makes it a bit hard to critique, but a fair amount of it is funny satire. Though certainly not for most people, at least it is nowhere near as upsetting as "Happiness." This would never be made in 2018 but it feels (unfortunately) relevant.
Todd Solondz parece querer repetir la fórmula de "Happiness", solo que con menos ingenio. La comedia sigue siendo ácida y sutilmente prejuiciosa. Son esas dosis la que de todas formas hacen simpático y provocativo el cine de este director.
People see Storytelling as mainly a self-critique on just Solandz. This is very true, but I see it as partly. Solandz self-critique is a critique on everybody involved, him as a filmmaker and us, as an audience. Though I almost feel "Fiction" is stronger than "Non-Fiction", both seem equal. Much like Solandz's other films, this one doesn't let you walk away without clawing its way into your brain. Excellent.