Life During Wartime

Life During Wartime

Director: Todd Solondz

Cast: Shirley Henderson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Roslyn Ruff

     
 

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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 (PaulSee more details below

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
UPC:
0715515084512
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
53,033

Special Features

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, Ciarán 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; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay with Film Critic David Sterritt

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Henderson Joy
Michael Kenneth Williams Allen
Roslyn Ruff Waitress
Allison Janney Trish
Michael Lerner Harvey
Dylan Snyder Timmy
Ciarán Hinds Bill
Renee Taylor Mona
Paul Reubens Andy
Charlotte Rampling Jacqueline
Ally Sheedy Helen
Rebecca Chiles Hostess
Emma Hinz Chloe
Gabriel Quiliquini Waiter
Rich Pecci Mark
Gaby Hoffmann Wanda
Carmen Marie Colon Mejia Sarah
Fernando Samalot Eddie
Meng Ai Jesse
Chris Marquette Billy

Technical Credits
Todd Solondz Director,Screenwriter
Ken Bailey Co-producer
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Doug Bernheim Musical Direction/Supervision
Matteo DeCosmo Art Director
Catherine George Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Kevin Messman Editor
Andrew Peterson Co-producer
Elizabeth Redleaf Executive Producer
Mike S. Ryan Executive Producer
Mark Steele Associate Producer
Derrick Tseng Producer
Christine Kunewa Walker Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Life During Wartime
1. Allen and Joy [6:04]
2. Harvey and Trish [4:07]
3. Trish Explains Love [3:10]
4. Bill is Paroled [5:46]
5. Joy Visits Her Mom [1:47]
6. Andy Visits Joy [6:49]
7. Timmy Learns About His Dad [6:32]
8. Bill Returns Home [4:55]
9. Jacqueline Propositions Bill [6:10]
10. Joy and Trish Catch Up [6:00]
11. Joy Visits Helen [5:25]
12. Joy Chooses Allen [5:17]
13. The Families Meet [7:04]
14. Billy Leaves the Party [2:42]
15. Bill Visits His Son [8:47]
16. Timmy Talks to Harvey [3:55]
17. Joy Suffers [4:22]
18. Mark Offers Forgiveness [8:34]
1. Suburbia [1:12]
2. Discovery of Talent [2:17]
3. "Tricky Terrain" [1:51]
4. Genesis [3:09]
5. The Film's Relationship to Happiness [2:10]
6. Underlying Politics [3:12]
7. Religion [1:15]
8. Casting Choices [1:57]
9. The Importance of Physical Traits [1:26]
10. Child Actors [1:31]
11. Difficult Subjects [2:46]
12. The Role of Timmy [1:44]
13. An Intriguing Connection [:36]
14. The Subconscious [1:18]
15. Gumdrops [1:58]
16. Provocation [1:06]
17. Family Reaction [:41]
18. The RED Camera [1:45]
19. Style vs. Theme [1:35]
20. Production Difficulties [1:14]
21. Influences [2:22]
22. A Favorite Review [1:06]
23. Lessons [1:59]
24. Film School [2:27]
25. Autobiography [:34]
26. Consistency [1:20]

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