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Life During Wartime [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [2009]

Release Date:07/26/2011

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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
    • Michael Kenneth Williams
      Michael Kenneth Williams - Allen
    • Roslyn Ruff
      Roslyn Ruff - Waitress
    • Allison Janney
      Allison Janney - Trish
    • Michael Lerner
      Michael Lerner - Harvey

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