Dark Horse - Todd Solondz in Person!
In Person: Filmmaker Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse)
Starring Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, and Selma Blair
From Todd Solondz, acclaimed director of Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness, comes the hilarious and haunting tale of an overweight, socially-inept, Jewish Long Islander in his thirties who hopes his life will change when he finds love.
Many comedians have noted that great comedy is almost always rooted in embarrassment, guilt, and disaster. After all, it's just not that funny when everything goes right. However, few have taken this concept to the extremes of Todd Solondz. His hilarious but devastating films ruthlessly lay bare the stunning layers of cruelty that can drive human behavior. In brilliant films like Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse, Solondz made audiences alternately laugh and cringe at his shocking tales of betrayal, failure and humiliation. His new film, Dark Horse, tells the story of Abe Wertheimer (Jordan Gelber), an overweight, socially-inept, Jewish Long Islander in his thirties who still lives with his parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow). Abe is on the staff of his father's real estate business, but rarely does much actual work. His life takes an apparent turn for the better when he meets wafer-thin, terminally depressed Miranda (Selma Blair) and they begin a typically desperate Solondz relationship. "I want to want you," she explains. "That's enough for me," he responds. Of course, joy is always fleeting in Solondz's malign universe, and Abe's life is soon spinning out of control. Solondz challenges viewers by intermingling Abe's hallucinations into the narrative without any clue other than that they are slightly stranger than Abe's already absurd "reality." In characteristic Solondz fashion, Dark Horse builds to a powerful finale that is both hysterically funny and deeply tragic. (USA, 2012, 84 min., color, 35mm)
"Solondz's most waywardly endearing film, his gentlest triumph." -Richard Corliss, TIME
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