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Life During Wartime: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (2010) / Region 1
Life During Wartime: The Criterion Collection

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Life During Wartime: The Criterion Collection

In Life During Wartime, independent filmmaker Todd Solondz (Welcome To The Dollhouse) explores contemporary American existence and the nature of forgiveness with his customary dry humor and queasy precision. The film functions as a distorted mirror image of Solondz's acclaimed 1998 dark comedy Happiness, its emotionally stunted characters now groping for the possibility of change in a post-9/11 world. Happiness's grim New Jersey setting is transposed to sunny Florida, but the biggest twist is that new actors fill the roles originated in the earlier film - including Shirley Henderson (Topsy-Turvy), Allison Janney (The Ice Storm), and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) as alarmingly dissimilar sisters, and Ciarán Hinds (Persuasion) hauntingly embodying a reformed . Shot in expressionistic tones by cinematographer extraordinaire Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven), Solondz's film finds the humor in the tragic and the tragic in the everyday.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 18 2011
  • Production Year 2010
  • Empire SKU 1572641
  • UPC Code 715515084512
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


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, Ciaran 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
A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Critic David Sterritt


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Surround
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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