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.
|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.
US poster with white 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.
try to forgive. I try to forget.
try to forgive. Try not to forget.
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