Life During Wartime
Floridian diner
Life During Wartime
is available on a widescreen (16:9) DVD from Artificial Eye, featuring the theatrical trailer and trailers for three other Artificial Eye
films, and a special edition DVD and Blu_Ray from the Criterion Collection here in the US.  2009, 96 min.

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Joy sings "Life During Wartime"Ten years after the critically acclaimed Happiness, Todd Solondz revisits the tangled personal lives of three sisters in this savagely funny satire of  middle class mores. Joy (Shirley Henderson) is married to a man with an unresolved 'affliction' and haunted by a former lover; Trish (Allison Janney) meets an unlikely new suitor while her ex-con ex-husband attempts to reconnect with their young son; meanwhile Helen (Ally Sheedy) feels pressured by her family and her Hollywood success. Featuring an all-star cast, this emotionally resonant portrait of flawed but fascinating characters struggling to find love and meaning in an unsympathetic world is poignant, sometimes shocking and often hilarious.
White flower
US poster with white flower
Red flower
Foreign poster with red flower

The Conflicting Posters:
Considering the US image seems to be more heavily "photoshopped" (i.e. the creases are removed from his clothing, etc.), I'd assume the second poster is closer to the original image. In the most comparable scene in the film (there is no scene where he's out in a field as depicted in these posters), Timmy is holding a red flower. At one point in the film, the Harvey character brings both red and white flowers home and says that the red flowers are for love, and the white ones are for forgiveness.
...Forgiveness, of course, was a working title for the film for a long time prior to release, and is a main theme of the film.

Poster drawn
Illustrated version

Harvey brings flowers

"Life During Wartime"
written by Todd Solondz
music by Marc Shaiman

performed by Shirley Henderson (film)

performed by Devendra Banhart and Beck (credits) 

"I try to forgive. I try to forget.
Try not to relive what makes me upset.
We all make mistakes. So why not admit them?
I made a mistake. It's just like the end now.

Life during wartime. Life during wartime.
Time to reflect (time). Time to rethink (time).
Life during wartime.

I try to forgive. Try not to forget.
The things you don't get, You always regret.
When times are so rough, and people are dyin'.
I say that's enough; there's no use in lyin'.

Life during wartime. Life during wartime.
Time to be recoup  (time). Time to be good (time).
Life during wartime.

I thought I could change the way that you think.
Instead, it's so strange, I've turned you to drink.
Why did I run? Why did I roll 'round on my own?
I should've stayed home, should've stayed home,
And thrown out your iphone (thrown out your iphone).

I thought I forgave. I thought I forgot.
I tried to be brave; I found I could not.
I made a mistake, and now it's all too late.
My heart's full of ache. Is this what is called fate?

Life during wartime. Life during wartime.
Time to breathe deep (time). Time to be strong (time).
Life during wartime.

You cannot forgive. It can't be forgot.
Life lets you live... that all that you got?
Life during wartime.

Life during wartime. Life during wartime.
 Time to breathe deep (time). Time to be strong (time).
Life during wartime.

You cannot forgive. It can't be forgot.
Life lets you live... That all that you got?
Life during wartime."

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