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Palindromes (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 21 January 2005 (Sweden)
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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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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$57,251 (USA) (17 April 2005)

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$553,368 (USA) (11 September 2005)
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Trivia

As some characters' names are palindromes, this clever palindrome is trickier to catch. The exact second Dawn's videotaped funeral comes on screen, starting the film, in the upper right hand corner is the video's time. It clearly displays, 01.22:10 = a numerical palindrome, then continues counting down. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in New Jersey, yet in one of the hitch-hiking scenes we see a road sign for US Route 3, which in reality is located in New Hampshire. To make matters worse, in the background of the same scenes we see directional signs for "Ellenville" and "Route 199", which reveals the actual filming location of Kingston, NY. See more »

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'Mark' Aviva Victor: I know. I believe you because pedophiles love children.
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In loving memory of Dawn Wiener. See more »

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Follows Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) See more »

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Doctor Dan
Written by Eytan Mirsky, Curtis Moore and Matthew Brookshire
Performed by Ricky Ashley, Curtis Moore, Karen Rodriguez and The Sunshine Singers
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13 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at SXSW in Austin, Tx on March 14, 2005 and all 1200 people in the Paramount theater had to laugh because if they didn't they would have to cry. Before the movie, Todd Solondz himself wished that we would enjoy this "fable/fairy tale". Though this movie has fable like qualities, I wouldn't suggest showing this movie to a kid unless you were interested in destroying the kid's morale. Every character in the movie is malignantly realistic and I lost count of how many times I put my hand over my mouth and shook my head trying to decide to laugh or scream. "Palindromes" has a totally unique way of looking at abortion, pedophilia, individualism, family and parenthood through the points of view of these well developed characters. Though we may not have wanted to experience these point of view, the character's acceptance of their own realities makes the viewer take another look at their reality.

I think this is a great movie for people with daughters. If this movie doesn't make you want to be a better parent then I guess there is no hope after all. Well, I'm finally closing in on 200 words, I could have definitely stopped after saying "people had to laugh because if they didn't they would have to cry."


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