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Palindromes (2004)

Original Title : Palindromes
Director : Todd Solondz
Writer : Todd Solondz
Genre : Drama
Adventure/Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Timothy Bird , Mike S. Ryan , Derrick Tseng
Music : Matthew Brookshire
Nathan Larson
Eytan Mirsky
Curtis Moore
Photography : Tom Richmond
Distributor : Albatros Film
IMDB ID : 0362004
Official site : http://www.palindromes-movie.com/
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Starring

Ellen Barkin Joyce Victor
Richard Masur Steve Victor
Matthew Faber Mark Wiener
Angela Pietropinto Mrs. Wiener
Bill Buell Mr. Wiener
Emani Sledge 'Dawn' Aviva Victor
Valerie Shusterov 'Judah' Aviva Victor
Hannah Freiman 'Henry' Aviva Victor
Will Denton 'Huckleberry' Aviva Victor
Rachel Corr 'Henrietta' Aviva Victor
Sharon Wilkins Mama Sunshine Aviva Victor
Shayna Levine 'Bob' Aviva Victor
Jennifer Jason Leigh 'Mark' Aviva Victor
Hillary Bailey Smith Robin Wallace (as Hillary B. Smith
Danton Stone Bruce Wallace
Robert Agri First Judah Wallace
John Gemberling Second Judah 'Otto' Wallace
Stephen Adly Guirgis Joe - Earl - Bob
Alexander Brickel Peter Paul
Ashleigh Hertzig Barbara
Risa Jaz Rifkind Trixie
Dontae Huey Shazaam
Debra Monk Mama Sunshine
Walter Bobbie Bo Sunshine
Tyler Maynard Jiminy
Courtney Walcott Crystal
Joshua Eber Skippy
Khush Kirpalani Ali
Sydney Matuszak Ell
David Castro Carlito
Richard Riehle Dr. Dan
Ebrahim Jaffer Motel clerk
Andrea Demosthenes Gwyneth's mom
Ricky Ashley Dr. Fleisher
Christopher Goodyear Dr. Fleischer's son (uncredited
Frank L. Goodyear Abortion clinic protester (uncredited
 

Plot

A fable of innocence: thirteen-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 her plan 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. She takes a road trip from the suburbs of New Jersey, through Ohio to the plains of Kansas and back. 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.
 

Comments

Pride and Prejudice, 10 February 2005 Author: Diand from Amsterdam As a movie about abortion this is a disappointment. The actions are so overstated, the drama so overacted that we cannot take the debate very serious here. Far superior is Payne's Citizen Ruth and Palindromes seems to borrow at least part of the storyline (portraying the family that's a little bit too much God-loving/fearing or the left-wing pro-choicers that don't leave any choice open). Because Aviva in Palindromes wants to have a baby at a very young age she's pro-choice seems to be the message here.But that's not the interesting part about this movie. One character played by many actresses is a rather novel idea. Solondz lets us experience how we project our own prejudices upon a character and we are confused by it. A funny scene soon is thrown back in our face by the director and that's exactly the effect he's aiming at. In Storytelling he experimented with how far he could take humor before becoming a little bit too painful for the audience. (On a more ferocious scale this game is played in C'est arrivé prè,s de chez vous / Man bites dog).Unfortunately, it's too much bits and pieces, too incoherent to even come close to his last two movies. Still some very funny lines and well written.
 
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