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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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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)

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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, brief nudity, and language including some disturbing dialogue
Runtime:
98 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Soundtrack:
Excerpts from the original motion picture Score to HappinessSee more »

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42 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A Dark....Dark Film., 16 September 2009
Author: Matt_Layden from Canada

Caught this film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Life During Wartime is a depressing and envelop pushing film that crosses boundaries, but never feels gross or shocking for the sake of it. For those familiar with Todd Solondz previous films Welcome To The Dollhouse and Happiness, you know what type of material is in his films. This one is no exception.

Telling the story of a dysfunctional family, we follow 3 separate stories. The father, who was just released from prison after some cruel and disgusting charges tries to find his son, to make sure he doesn't turn out like him. The son is in college, he has two siblings, a younger brother who is turning 13 and becoming a man with a bar mitzvah and a younger sister who is a karaoke singer. The wife/mother is looking for a new lover in her life and finds this other man who makes her, in her own words to her 12 year old son, wet. Finally the sister of the mother who mixes romance and her work. The problem is that death follows her wherever she goes and it has kind of driven her crazy.

Get all that? This is my first Todd Solondz film, but I know of his previous films and what they dealt with and I can say that Happiness is darker. Life During Wartime isn't with it's fair share of uncomfortable scenes. Specifically the son asking about his father and why he is in prison. The father is played by Ciarán Hinds, who has little dialogue, but the scenes in which he confronts his son is powerful and stands as the most memorable. Paul Reubens plays an interesting character who's only two scenes, but those two scenes are stand outs.

Everything about the film is awkward, straight from the beginning. There are moments that you laugh at, that make you feel dirty. Janey as the mother is comical and if you're a fan of Happiness look out for some recurring characters, just played by different actors.

The film is well shot and acted, it doesn't really drag, but it is slow. It's mostly scene after scene of conversations. It's not a laugh riot and there are no laugh out loud scenes. The comedy is dark and subtle at times. It's more dramatic and depressing than comedic. It feels short and the ending leaves a lot to be desired. It was abrupt and left a lot of questions unanswered.

It explores how well one can forgive someone and mirrors reality. It will divide the audience and fans of his earlier work will most likely be satisfied. I enjoyed it, but it's not a film I would want to see again. I give it credit for being a well done film and it's thought provoking in some scenes, as a whole the film is good. It just has a certain audience and you'll know if you're one of them or not.

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