We were lucky enough to catch Todd Solondz’ latest film Life During Wartime at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and although it didn’t seem to get a ton of attention, I’d say that it sits somewhere in the middle of the pack when compared with the rest of his filmography. His last film Palindromes used multiple actresses to play the lead role, and also revisited some of the characters from Welcome to the Dollhouse. This film takes a similarly radical approach to continuing the story of characters from his 1998 film Happiness by substituting an entirely different cast.
A trailer for the film has finally popped up online courtesy of the French site Allocine. It has French subtitles and critic blurbs, but the dialogue is in English, so you can certainly get a feel for the film’s dark and uncomfortably funny tone. The movie stars Paul Reubens, Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson, Michael Lerner, CiarÃ¡n Hinds, Ally Sheedy, and Michael K. Williams, among others. IFC will release Life During Wartime in North America sometime this summer. Check out the trailer after the jump.