(2004, dir. Todd Solondz)

With this film, Solondz again makes his viewers squirm more than most suspense directors do. Many times, sometimes simultaneously, this movie is funny, odd, vulgar and horrifying. His main character, a girl named Aviva (get it — a palindrome), and her goal of motherhood leads us down a slippery path through pedophilia and the abortion debate.
With eight actresses of different age, race and body style sharing the role of Aviva in various scenarios, seemingly without explanation, the film teeters on the edge of farce. However, Solondz' unique ability to tell this strange story with wit and compassion only reinforces his message about how perceptions of personal change are delusional. Not for all tastes, but worth a look.



Posted on January 15, 2006, in Film log. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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