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Life During Wartime

Todd Solondz

 
Life During Wartime (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 2010
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #574

In Life During Wartime, independent filmmaker Todd Solondz 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 mainly to sunny Florida, but the biggest twist is that new actors fill the roles from the earlier film—including Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, and Ally Sheedy as alarmingly dissimilar sisters, and Ciarán Hinds hauntingly embodying a reformed pedophile. Shot in expressionistic tones by cinematographer extraordinaire Ed Lachman, Solondz’s film finds the humor in the tragic and the tragic in the everyday.

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Ed Lachman, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 interview with Lachman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Sterritt

    New cover by Akiko Stehrenberger

Film Essays

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Life During Wartime: Wars on Terror

By David Sterritt July 25, 2011

A fearless tragicomedy about hope, dread, longing, and forgiveness, Life During Wartime (2010) is Todd Solondz’s boldest and most haunting movie to date, carrying his exploration of Middle . . . Read more »

Three Reasons


Press Notes

Press Notes: Life During Wartime

August 09, 2011

DVD Talk’s Christopher McQuain heralds American indie auteur Todd Solondz’s entry into the Criterion Collection: “His latest sad, wry observation of the many ways we find to delude ourselves . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Life During Wartime: Wars on Terror

By David Sterritt July 25, 2011

A fearless tragicomedy about hope, dread, longing, and forgiveness, Life During Wartime (2010) is Todd Solondz’s boldest and most haunting movie to date, carrying his exploration of Middle . . . Read more »


Ask Todd

March 16, 2011

We are currently working on a special edition of Todd Solondz’sLife During Wartime, including a supplement in which the director will answer viewer questions about his film. If you have . . . Read more »

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Life During Wartime (Criterion DVD)

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