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Life During Wartime [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [English] [2009]
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Special Features

  • Ask Todd, an Audio Q&A with Director Todd Solondz in which he responds to viewers' questions
  • Making "Life During Wartime," a new Documentary featuring interviews with actors Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Allison Janney, Michael Lerner, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy and Michael Kenneth Williams, as well as on-set footage
  • New Interviews with Lachman
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay with Film Critic David Sterritt


Life During Wartime
Directed by Todd Solondz, this ensemble film tells the tale of a large dysfunctional family. Joy (Shirley Henderson) continues to have problems with her husband, Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams), and looks to her family for advice. A dead former boyfriend (Paul Reubens) continues to try to win her heart from the great beyond. Joy's sister, Trish (Allison Janney), meets a retiree whom she hopes will normalize her chaotic life. A third sister, screenwriter Helen (Ally Sheedy), is full of bitterness toward both her family and her career. Their mother, Mona (Renée Taylor), wants absolutely nothing to do with men. And, ex-con Bill (Ciarán Hinds), Trish's former husband, wants to reconcile with their son. Life During Wartime is a pseudo-sequel to Solondz's Happiness with different actors playing the same characters from that earlier film. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Shirley Henderson
    Shirley Henderson - Joy
  • Roslyn Ruff
    Roslyn Ruff - Waitress
  • Allison Janney
    Allison Janney - Trish
  • Michael Lerner
    Michael Lerner - Harvey
  • Dylan Snyder
    Dylan Snyder - Timmy
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