Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Todd Solondz plays a high schooler who wants to get into MIT. The only problem is, his gym teacher hates him, and fails him because he can't hit a shot in basketball. He also has no luck ... See full summary »
Storytelling is comprised of two separate stories set against the sadly comical terrain of college and high school, past and present. Following the paths of its young hopeful/ troubled characters, it explores issues of sex, race, celebrity and exploitation Written by
Fine Line Features
After a very bumpy (very bumpy!) start, Storytelling disarmed me with its amazing humor (which really shines in "Non-fiction"), succinct dialogue, and brilliant use of music. Let's face it, in a movie industry that bastardizes the concept of soundtrack, I am thankful for Solondz who doesn't overwork a condescending one. But back to the story, I was really wondering what the point was with the "Fiction" until its hard-hitting ending, which blew me away. In "Non-fiction" he once again proves that he can create sympathetic characters like no one else, all with a commentary on school violence, celebrity, conformity, etc. He also has the best humor in cinema (get this! haters of American Beauty are also treated with a spoof!). Humor without all the nasty sarcasm. Scooby, the protagonist in "Non-Fiction" is so wonderfully dimwitted and confused that its so easy to love and relate to him. To all of Solondz's critics, he says, "I love them!" by proxy. Solondz always struck me as someone with a very good heart, and he showcases more of that here. I really do think that this is a powerful movie and more than the sum of its parts. The first part is in the same vein as HAPPINESS while the second is is more like the digestible WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE. Both are great movies (the second being a masterpiece), but only one is a film you could watch repeatedly. It really saddens me that the terrible responses to his films (all save for WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE) have made filmmaking so much a "nightmare" to him that we might Solondz disappear from the cinema world.
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