Life During Wartime

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On DVD/VOD: July 26, 2011

R | 1h 38m | Comedy, Drama


Separated from her incarcerated husband Bill (Ciarán Hinds), Trish (Allison Janney) is about to be married again. Bill is a pedophile, so Trish couldn't be more excited to have Harvey (Michael Lerner), a "normal" father figure for her two sons. But when Bill is released from prison and the boys finally meet their future stepdad, the family is forced to decide whether to forgive or to forget.

Trish's sister, the virginal, angelic Joy (Shirley Henderson), is also haunted by ghosts of lovers past. On leave from her degenerate husband, Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams), and her job at a New Jersey correctional facility, Joy unwittingly leaves behind a trail of shame and exposed secrets wherever she goes. In one of the film's most stylized sequences, the image of Joy walking the dark streets of Miami in her nightgown maintains her innocence against a backdrop of self-affliction and desire.

Director: Todd Solondz
Studio: Cinetic Media
Producer(s): Christine Kunewa Walker, Derrick Tseng
Cast: Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Allison Janney, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Lerner
Writer(s): Todd Solondz

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