Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Estelle Harris, Jason Alexander and Jerry Stiller were hired to do voice overs for the scenes where Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken sit stone-faced watching an unseen TV sitcom. Todd Solondz felt the "Costanzas" on the TV series "Seinfeld" were a sitcom version of the family he was depicting, but he couldn't afford to use audio clips from "Seinfeld." See more »
Dark Horse is an extremely dark comedy from Todd Solondz focusing on the life of Abe, a terminal loser who lives with his parents and is stuck in a state of arrested development. The film paints a compelling portrait of Abe, but has a number of weak points.
The film's main selling point is an excellent performance by Jordan Gelber as Abe. He conveys all of Abe's negative qualities while still allowing us to retain sympathy for him. He benefits from good supporting work by Christopher Walken as his unsympathetic father and Donna Murphy as a secretary he fantasizes about.
However, the film suffers from Selma Blair's performance as Abe's love interest, Miranda. Whereas Gelber brings some depth to his performance, Blair really does little more than mope through the whole film. Furthermore, even at roughly eighty minutes of plot, the film drags, with too much emphasis on fantasy sequences in Abe's mind.
Ultimately, the film is worth seeing mainly for Gelber's performance.
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