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1,448 Ratings

Life During Wartime

Directed by Todd Solondz
United States, 2009
Comedy, Drama, Cult


Nothing comes easy for the dysfunctional Jordan sisters. Joy, unhappy with her job and her sleazy husband, is haunted by her dead ex. Trish’s pedophile husband is in prison, and she’s ready to move on with her life. Increasingly bitter Helen approaches middle age with a failing screenwriting career.

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Life During Wartime Directed by Todd Solondz

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2009 | Winner: Best Screenplay (Golden Osella)

Independent Spirit Awards

2011 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Female

Like all of Solondz’s films, Wartime teeters, sometimes excruciatingly, between emotional extremes. This tightrope can make audiences squirm with discomfort, but its creator is never deliberately cruel. The scourge of middle-class self-satisfaction, Solondz makes suburban horror movies that are exquisitely precise.
July 22, 2010
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Solondz doesn’t coddle our prejudices but probes them. His pop-smart title is borrowed from a song on Talking Heads’ greatest album, 1979’s Fear of Music. Not doing a haynes, however, Solondz invents a whole new melody and lyrics (“Time to reflect time/ Time to rethink time”).
July 22, 2010
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Framed against the image of pervasive artificiality, Solondz creates an eccentric metaphor for longing as a manifestation of impossible construction, where only the prospect of redemption, not happiness, lies within our grasp.
January 01, 2009
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