Life During Wartime (Blu Ray) (Criterion Collection)

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Studio Image/sphe
SKU 221179270
UPC 715515084413
UPC 14 00715515084413
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/26/2011
Black Comedy
Editors Note
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.
Uncut 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
Movieline "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
Ciaran Hinds
Michael Lerner
Charlotte Rampling
Ally Sheedy
Cast & Crew
Ciaran Hinds - Star
Michael Lerner - Star
Charlotte Rampling - Star
Ally Sheedy - Star
Renee Taylor - Star
Pee-Wee Herman - Star
Allison Janney - Star
Shirley Henderson - Star
Michael Kenneth Williams - Star
Dylan Snyder - Star
Rebecca Chiles - Co-Star
Emma Hinz - Co-Star
Gabriel Quiliquini - Co-Star
Rich Pecci - Co-Star
Carmen Marie Colon Mejia - Co-Star
Fernando Samalot - Co-Star
Meng Ai - Co-Star
Chris Marquette - Co-Star
Roslyn Ruff - Co-Star
Gaby Hoffmann - Co-Star
Ed Lachman - Director of Photography
Todd Solondz - Screenwriter
Doug Bernheim - Music Director
Rosi Acosta - Production Manager/UPM
Francisco Roman - Photography
Todd Solondz - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00715515084413
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 97 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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