Palindromes
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Palindromes
is  is available as an unrated, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) DVD from Wellspring, featuring the theatrical trailer.


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aviva.jpg (25120 bytes)"In loving memory of Dawn Weiner"

12-year-old Aviva Victor wants to be a Mom.

She does all she can to make this happen, and comes very close to succeeding, but in the end is thwarted by her sensible parents.

So she runs away, still determined to get pregnant one way or another, but instead finds herself lost in another world, a less sensible one, perhaps, but one pregnant itself with all sorts of strange possibility.

Like so many trips, this one is round-trip, and it's hard to say in the end if she can ever be quite the same again, or if she can ever be anything but the same again.

Director's statement:
"When you create a sympathetic character it's only natural that your audience will want to identify with him/her. Nobody actually WANTS to relate to someone who is UNsympathetic, because few people see themselves in this light. The curious thing is how sex, age, race, etc. play so limited a part in determining the degree to which a character is sympathetic. Perhaps this is why a sympathetic character is one that all types of people can relate to. When I had made WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, all types of people would say; 'That was me! I was just like that!' (And Dawn Wiener was not even an entirely sympathetic character!) (Needless to say, I heard nobody make the same claim about Bill Maplewood, the paedophile psychiatrist in HAPPINESS, a character whom so many seemed to find 'sympathetic.') So I wondered what would happen if I cast a number of different types of people as one character, a character who is wholly sympathetic. My fear was that it would come across as too much of an intellectual exercise, a show-offy but pointless trick, and alienate the audience. But my hope was that there would be a cumulative effect that would be more emotionally affecting than had there been just one actor: more magic, and less sleight of hand. My story is a sad one, though not without a certain kick of humor. People may wonder--what does this say about the nature of character? or personality? or acting? or identity? My advice to the audience before watching the movie: even if you're not sure you understand the what or why of it all (and I'm not sure I do), just let yourself go..."

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