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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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Writer (WGA):
Todd Solondz (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 2010 (Italy) See more »
Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Joy and Sorrow See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order)

Shirley Henderson ... Joy

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Allen

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
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 Pérez .... second assistant director (as Javier Enrique Perez)
Stuart Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Eddie Antunez .... set dresser
Jill Broadfoot .... set decorator: Minneapolis
Félix Caraballo .... set dresser
Marsi Caraballo .... graphic designer
Amy Dholakia .... 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
Jim Morgan .... second unit mixer
Eric Offin .... 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
Manuel Manny Rivera .... grip (as Manuel Rivera Jr.)
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 (as Jennifer Ensworth)
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
Ana C. Ramirez Velez .... key costumer (as Anita Ramirez Velez)
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)
Location Management
Dave Boulay .... location scout
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Luis R. Estrella-Rivera .... location manager
Joel Thingvall .... location scout
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
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
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
Alicia Van Couvering .... assistant: producers
José R. Varona .... set medic
Michael Wiggins .... production accountant
Kurt W. Gensmer .... set medic (uncredited)
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)
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
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (2010) | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:Tous publics (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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Did You Know?

A sequel to Todd Solondz's movie Happiness (1998), but with entirely re-cast characters.See more »
Trish:Are you seeing anyone?
Mark Wiener:No, I'm more focused on China. Everything else is history. It's just a question of time.
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Movie Connections:
References I'm Not There. (2007)See more »
Matchmaker, matchmakerSee more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Joy and Sorrow, 23 May 2011
Author: rooee from United Kingdom

11 years after Happiness, his poisonous stab at moral absolutism, Todd Solondz returned with this equally bleak sequel, a continuation of the all-American domestic grotesque. The characters return, except now played by different actors (including a bleary Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens), as does Solondz' ability to challenge expectations with disarming directness and surgical precision.

This is a less consistent film than its predecessor, particularly in terms of tone. Happiness harboured an almost garish John Waters trash aesthetic, whereas Wartime often shifts into something more sombrely lit and handsome, even entering noir territory at times, as when Ciaran Hinds' Bill and Charlotte Rampling's Jacqueline meet in a whisky-coloured bar to do semantic battle before indulging in a bout of loveless sex.

The characters are mostly horror movie monsters masked in the fascia of suburban admissibility - none more so than Trish (Allison Janney), the selfish mad-mom who is delighted by the fallacy of the nuclear ideal, lusting after "normal". Her son, Timmy (Dylan Riley Snyder), is the traumatised voice of reason: a humanist on the cusp of corruption. Then there is Joy (Shirley Henderson), a deep-feeling adult alone amidst the animal chaos: frail, fragile and bereft (in mind and body); in search of absent metaphysical guidance; a closed book desperate to do good; desperate to stop pretending any more.

Loneliness, rape, suicide and despair all echo in a bubble of carefully constructed sentimentality. Wartime doesn't quite carry the joke all the way. Certain latter scenes, particularly involving Hinds' recently-released Bill, are played disconcertingly straight. But then this is a film about the pathology of forgiveness (the film's former title), the corrosive nature of trauma, and the final consolation of repression and faith - themes in which perhaps even Mr Solondz couldn't find the humour.

"You die for me and I will know you love me," says Allen (The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams) from the grave. No one in American cinema is better than Solondz at highlighting fickleness and absurdity of human interaction, and the paradoxes we contrive for ourselves. And although it can be wearying to endure such an indictment, we will always need filmmakers willing to float like faecal matter in Hollywood's homogenous soup.

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