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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 221179270
UPC: 715515084413
UPC 14: 00715515084413
Category Keywords: Black Comedy  Ghosts
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Editor's Note
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.

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/26/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 97 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00715515084413
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Life During Wartime — The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Reviews
Published on: 7/31/2011 3:46 PM
Todd Solondz doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his depictions of the idiosyncrasies and shameful secrets of middle-class Americans. He steps way beyond the line that most filmmakers would consider on the border of taboo territory, matter-of-factly portraying uncomfortable topics like pedophilia and child sexuality not just with boldness, but with humor. Solondz has a masterful grasp of black comedy, precisely targeting the rotten core of human foibles while overturning comic possibilities most people wouldn’t dare even to think the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ciaran Hinds
Video Cast Info Michael Lerner
Video Cast Info Charlotte Rampling
Video Cast Info Ally Sheedy
Video Cast Info Renee Taylor
Video Cast Info Pee-Wee Herman
Video Cast Info Allison Janney
Video Cast Info Shirley Henderson
Video Cast Info Michael Kenneth Williams
Video Cast Info Dylan Snyder
Video Cast Info Rebecca Chiles - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Emma Hinz - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gabriel Quiliquini - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rich Pecci - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Carmen Marie Colon Mejia - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Fernando Samalot - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Meng Ai - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Chris Marquette - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Roslyn Ruff - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gaby Hoffmann - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ed Lachman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Todd Solondz - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Doug Bernheim - Music Director
Video Cast Info Rosi Acosta - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Francisco Roman - Photography
Video Cast Info Todd Solondz - Director

Professional Reviews

4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's clear this is out to provoke as strongly as HAPPINESS did..." 05/01/2010

Total Film
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." 04/08/2010

Sight and Sound Critic
"[I]t is the young Dylan Riley Snyder who gives the most engaging performance." 05/01/2010

Entertainment Weekly
"[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 07/30/2010

Box Office
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." 07/22/2010

New York Times
"The actors handle the awkwardness beautifully, each finding a way to make Mr. Solondz's meticulous, slightly mannered dialogue sound like natural speech." 07/22/2010

"At times the film plays like a liberal mockumentary..." 07/22/2010

Los Angeles Times
"[A] sharp-edged comic tragedy about families, forgiveness and the unsettling ironies that can threaten to unravel even an ordinary life." 07/30/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
"This is the Solondz world....He evokes so effectively his own point of view, which is appalling and compulsive." 08/04/2010

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