LIFE DURING WARTIME picks up when separated from her incarcerated husband Bill (Ciarán Hinds), Trish (Allison Janney) is about to be married again. Bill is a pedophile, so Trish couldn't be more excited to have Harvey (Michael Lerner), a "normal" father figure for her two sons. But when Bill is released from prison and the boys finally meet their future step - dad, the family is forced to decide whether to forgive or to forget. Trish's sister, the virginal, angelic Joy (Shirley Henderson), is also haunted by ghosts of lovers past. On leave from her degenerate husband, Allen (Michael K. Williams), and her job at a New Jersey correctional facility, Joy unwittingly leaves behind a trail of shame and exposed secrets wherever she goes. In one of the film's most stylized sequences, the image of Joy walking the dark streets of Miami in her nightgown maintains her innocence against a backdrop of self-affliction and desire.
2010, IFC, 97 min. Dir. Todd Solondz
Please note: No one will be admitted to this screening without a ticket to HAPPINESS at 5:00 PM. Tickets will not be sold to this event. Discussion following with filmmaker Todd Solondz.
HAPPINESS, 1998, Strand Releasing, 134 min. Solondz's controversial comedy explores loneliness, self-obsession and aberrant sexuality through the microcosm of the blissfully dysfunctional Jordan family. When you purchase a ticket to HAPPINESS, you will be admitted for free to LIFE DURING WARTIME.