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Life During Wartime -- Ten years have passed since a series of shocking and catastrophic revelations shattered the world of the Jordan family.  Now, ghosts circle and loom, trouble and console as sisters Joy (Henderson), Trish (Janney), and Helen (Sheedy) are each embroiled in their own unique dilemmas as they struggle to find their place in an unpredictable and volatile world where the past haunts the present and jeopardizes the future.
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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Todd Solondz (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 2010 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Perhaps not as dark as Solondz' previous works. See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Shirley Henderson ... Joy

Michael K. Williams ... Allen (as Michael Kenneth Williams)

Roslyn Ruff ... Waitress

Allison Janney ... Trish

Michael Lerner ... Harvey

Dylan Riley Snyder ... Timmy

Ciarán Hinds ... Bill

Renée Taylor ... Mona
Rebecca Chiles ... Hostess

Paul Reubens ... Andy

Emma Hinz ... Chloe

Charlotte Rampling ... Jacqueline

Ally Sheedy ... Helen

Gaby Hoffmann ... Wanda

Rich Pecci ... Mark
Carmen Marie Colon Mejia ... Sarah
Fernando Samalot ... Eddie

Meng Ai ... Jesse

Chris Marquette ... Billy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Susan Pages ... Bar Mitzvah Guest (uncredited)

Brian Tester ... Dave (uncredited)

Guillermo Valedon ... Bar Mitzvah Guy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Todd Solondz 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Todd Solondz (written by)

Produced by
Ken Bailey .... co-producer
Andrew Peterson .... co-producer
Elizabeth Redleaf .... executive producer
Mike S. Ryan .... executive producer
Mark Steele .... associate producer
Derrick Tseng .... producer
Christine K. Walker .... producer (as Christine Kunewa Walker)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Messman 
 
Production Design by
Roshelle Berliner 
 
Art Direction by
Matteo De Cosmo 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine George 
 
Makeup Department
Dominique Borrel .... makeup department head
Maureen Landa .... key hair stylist: Minneapolis
Maureen Landa .... key makeup artist: Minneapolis
 
Production Management
Rosi Acosta .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dave Halls .... first assistant director (additional photography)
Javier Enrique Perez .... second assistant director
Stuart Williams .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eddie Antunez .... set dresser
Jill Broadfoot .... set decorator: Minneapolis
Marsi Caraballo .... graphic designer
Amy Dholakia-Jorand .... additional graphics (as Amy S. Dholakia)
Jorge Fernandez .... assistant property master
Juan Guallini Indij .... set dresser
Matt Joyer .... set dresser
Tanya Lemke .... property master: Toronto
Mariella Navarro .... art department coordinator
Ricardo Naveira .... construction coordinator
Brian J. Simpson .... set dresser: Minneapolis
Oscar A. Colom Cruz .... set dresser (uncredited?)
 
Sound Department
Paul Bercovitch .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Fleishman .... foley editor
Dave Fritz .... adr recordist
Fredrick Helm .... dialogue editor
Luis Antonio Landrau .... boom operator
Gary Millus .... sound editor
Eric Offin .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Offin .... supervising sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Lucien Harriot .... visual effects supervisor: Mechanism Digital
Ted Keenan .... visual effects producer
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
Kevin Vale .... digital imaging
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Banting .... gaffer: Toronto
Darren Boyce .... key grip: Toronto
Randy Brown .... best boy electric: Toronto
Angel Castro .... Red camera digital loader
Kathryn Criston .... electrician: Minneapolis
Javier Cruzado .... best boy grip
Sam Kretchmar .... digital imaging technician
James McMillan .... key grip
Gabriel Padilla .... best boy electric
Misael Rodriguez-Quijano .... assistant camera
Francisco Román .... still photographer
Fernando Rosado .... first assistant "a" camera
Steve Speers .... first assistant camera: MN
Carlos Zayas .... camera operator: "a" camera
 
Casting Department
Camille Collazo .... casting assistant
Jennifer Ensworth .... casting assistant
Gayle Keller .... casting
Tere Lopez .... casting: Puerto Rico
Brendan McFadden .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ciara Brennan .... costume supervisor: Toronto
Cameron Dale .... assistant costume designer (as Cameron Folan)
Katalina Iturralde .... set costumer
Angie Olmedo .... costumer
Anita Ramirez Velez .... key costumer
Cerah Tymoshuk .... costumer: Minneapolis
 
Editorial Department
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Jesse Morrow .... smoke editor
Kathryn J. Schubert .... assistant editor
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging supervisor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Jose Arias .... transportation captain
Luis A. Jurado .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Sara Alvarez .... production coordinator
Victor Andujar .... production assistant
Juan Carlos Arvelo .... key set production assistant
Khan Baykal .... additional voices
Kara Blanchard .... assistant: Ted Hope
Dave Boulay .... location scout
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Luis R. Estrella-Rivera .... location manager
Alejandro Garay MacLean .... production assistant
Tom Garrett .... production services
Kelly Gilpatrick .... production coordinator: additional photography
Lauren Hodges .... additional voices
Kemel Jamis .... production assistant
Todd B. Johnson .... stand-in: MN
Jeffrey Leiser .... post-production delivery
Martin Garay MacLean .... production assistant
Raul J. Marin .... payroll accountant
Rita Medina .... location office assistant
Aris Mejias .... production secretary
Liliana M. Molina .... script supervisor
Dan O'Halloran .... post-tape operator
Jedrek Oquendo .... production assistant
Susan Pages .... stand-in
Misael Rodriguez-Quijano .... office runner
Joel Thingvall .... location scout
Alicia Van Couvering .... assistant: producers
José R. Varona .... set medic
Michael Wiggins .... production accountant
Kurt W. Gensmer .... set medic (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Eric Milano .... special thanks
Kristen Molina .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong sexual content, brief nudity, and language including some disturbing dialogue
Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U (with warning) | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46345)
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Trivia:
Title taken from the title of a song by Talking Heads.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
References Palindromes (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Matchmaker, matchmakerSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps not as dark as Solondz' previous works., 23 January 2011
Author: ihrtfilms from Australia

Life During Wartime is of sorts a sequel to Happiness, but Todd Solondz chose a different cast for his latest film to play the same characters. I have seen Happiness, but don't remember it well enough and going into Wartime was actually unaware it was a continuation of events.

Three sisters, Joy, Helen and Trish are utterly different souls leading utterly different lives. Joy is a little scattered and has just separated from her husband and is visited by the ghost of a former co worker. Trish lives with her two younger kids, one of whom Timmy is preparing for his bar mitzvah. She has started dating again after her husband was jailed for molesting children, but she is unaware he has been released. Trish is a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, but is old and distant towards the rest of her family.

The sisters lives intertwine together and with characters from each others past and all three try and long to find love and happiness and is for the most part very enjoyable. I recall, perhaps vaguely that Solondz' other films are a little hard going and often harsh, yet Wartime feels a little brighter. However there are some uncomfortable moments in it, such as where Trish explains her feelings towards to her new man to her son or Timmy's inquisitive questioning about 'faggots', but moments are few.

Acting across the cast is excellent with a fine performance from Alison Janney as Trish and whilst squeaky voiced Shirley Henderson can often be annoying in this she is almost endearing. It is a dark film and while it never shocks out right, it does venture to the borderline. And while it's not laugh out loud there are some funny moments in it. You don't have to be familiar with Happiness to enjoy this film, even if it's a typical audience divider film, it works well on it's on. Nor do you have to be a Solondz fan to enjoy this, though those that are will relish the film even more.

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