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Life During Wartime (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 April 2010 (Italy)
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Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.

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Separated from her incarcerated husband Bill (Hinds), Trish (Janney) is about to be married again. Bill is a pedophile, so Trish couldn't be more excited to have Harvey (Lerner), a "normal" father figure for her two sons. But when Bill is released from prison and the boys finally meet their future stepdad, the family is forced to decide whether to forgive or to forget. Trish's sister, the virginal, angelic Joy (Henderson), is also haunted by ghosts of lovers past. On leave from her degenerate husband, Allen (Williams), and her job at a New Jersey correctional facility, Joy unwittingly leaves behind a trail of shame and exposed secrets wherever she goes. In one of the film's most stylized sequences, the image of Joy walking the dark streets of Miami in her nightgown maintains her innocence against a backdrop of self-affliction and desire. Written by Production

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Rated R for strong sexual content, brief nudity, and language including some disturbing dialogue | See all certifications »
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$30,507 (USA) (23 July 2010)

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$278,821 (USA) (17 September 2010)
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Title taken from the title of a song by Talking Heads. See more »

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Trish: Are you saying you would forgive the 9/11 terrorists?
Timmy: Well, no, not those terrorists because they're dead.
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More a miss than a hit
30 November 2014 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Todd Solandz's films are generally hit-or-miss affairs, and the line between hitting or missing is generally quite fine. Always emotionally intense, and character-based, they can be taxing, even dull or pretentious, but hold the promise of being mind-blowingly profound.

Solandz's magnum opus was Happiness, in 1998. An incredibly profound movie, it hit the spot. Palindromes, in 2004, missed the spot, seeming random and pretentious.

Life in Wartime has the potential to be like Happiness, but is always teetering on the edge of being nothing-dressed-up-as-something, like Palindromes. In the end it is an interesting journey, but it never clicks up that notch necessary to make it profound.

In the end you feel that the journey was a waste of time.


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