Thursday, May 05, 2005

Palindromes (**1/2)

Director Todd Solondz's films are not for everyone. He, for some reason or another, has a fascination/fixation with child molestors and pedophiles. Having said that, his latest film is one that sticks with you. It follows the character of Aviva, a teenage girl who more than anything else wants to get pregnant because then she'll always have someone to love. Aviva is played by eight different actresses throughout the course of the movie. On screen, this plays less annoying than it sounds. Solondz's sense of humor, on full display here, is dry and morbid, and definitely odd. There is a scene where a bunch of kids, with physical and/or mental abnormalities, dance and sing a Christian pop tune about Jesus. It is choreographed, and they even wear the little head mics. Part of me wanted to laugh, the other part wanted to cringe. You may feel the same. The themes in this movie are heavy: abortion, religion, identity in America. While I give Solondz credit for tackling them, I didn't come away from the movie quite knowing what he wanted to say exactly. An interesting and entertaining, yet ultimately flawed independent film.


At 11:39 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Good to see that you didn't hate it.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger karen said...

i can tell by your review that you, too, are in love with tyler. gonna have to fight jeff over him. but he's totally worth it.

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Tyler said...

"I'd choose Jeff any day. The brief moment we met after "On the Record" has been running through my mind ever since."

Shit, I'm grossing myself out.- Jeff

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Jules said...

when the hell did you see palindromes? i thought you were supposed to be studying.


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