Empathy or Schadenfreude?
July 19, 2010 8:06 AM Subscribe
"I wasn't sued, I was never fired, and I survived it. That's my great achievement." Idiosyncratic auteur Todd Solondz speaks about his newest film Life During Wartime, which will finally get a (limited) theatrical release on Friday. The film, originally titled Forgiveness, is ostensibly a sequel to his acclaimed 1998 film Happiness; however, every role has been recast and some details have been consciously ignored. For example, Philip Seymour Hoffman's character Allen [NSFW] is now played by black actor Michael K. Williams of The Wire fame, a tactic Solondz also employed in Palindromes, his divisive fairy tale about abortion. This is the Welcome to the Dollhouse director's fifth feature (he disowned his first one) and his first in six years.
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