Palindromes (2004)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Pietropinto ...
Emani Sledge ...
Joyce Victor
Valerie Shusterov ...
Steve Victor
Robin Wallace
Bruce Wallace
Robert Agri ...
First Judah
Hannah Freiman ...
Dr. Fleischer
Joe / Earl / Bob


A fable of innocence: thirteen-year-old Aviva Victor wants to be a 'mom'. She does all she can to make this happen, and comes very close to succeeding, but in the end her plan is thwarted by her sensible parents. So she runs away, still determined to get pregnant one way or another, but instead finds herself lost in another world, a less sensible one, perhaps, but one pregnant itself with all sorts of strange possibility. She takes a road trip from the suburbs of New Jersey, through Ohio to the plains of Kansas and back. Like so many trips, this one is round-trip, and it's hard to say in the end if she can ever be quite the same again, or if she can ever be anything but the same again. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

21 January 2005 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Palindrome  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$57,251 (USA) (15 April 2005)


$553,368 (USA) (9 September 2005)

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Heather Matarazzo turned down reprising the role of Dawn Wiener in this film. See more »


When 'Henrietta' Aviva Victor is about to climb into the pack of the lorry, she tosses her blue backpack in first. Between shots it changes position. See more »


'Mark' Aviva Victor: I know. I believe you because pedophiles love children.
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Crazy Credits

In loving memory of Dawn Wiener. See more »


Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »


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Worth seeing, even if Solondz scares you.
17 March 2005 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Obviously the film isn't for everyone and anyone who has seen Happiness or Welcome to the Dollhouse knows what they're in for. The film sat well with me though.. far from the sadistic gut-kickings of Happiness, the characters here are broken softly and with great sadness. The subject matter of the film will turn many people off (violently), but the actual execution I found inoffensive, and a worthwhile trip. I'm convinced that Mark Weiner's reappearance at the end of the film is a stand-in for Solondz himself, as he dryly confirms that he is not a pervert, and is in return told by the protagonist that he is too passionless to be a pervert. There's more soul searching in this film than misanthropy and it's a positive turn for the director.

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