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Golden Lion Venice Film Fest
"Dark Horse may be [Todd Solondz's] warmest, most generous movie, but it also casts a beam of empathy backward, illuminating the baffled, benighted, icky souls who have populated Mr. Solondz's universe from the start" -New York TImes
Recommended! "It's tough to get on Todd Solondz's wavelength, but boy is it worth the emotional gyrations" -NPR
"Solondz's most waywardly endearing filmhis gentlest triumph" -TIme
½ -Roger Ebert
"The directors tersest, most troubling study of desperation" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
"Surprisingly gentle" -Chicago Reader
Abe Wertheimer (Jordan Gelber) is a thirty-something lout content to live in
his childhood bedroom that is still adorned with action figures and Simpsons
memorabilia. A hopeless man-child, he is oblivious to his severely arrested
development and incapacity to function in the adult world. He works
dispiritingly for his father (Christopher Walken), but spends most of his
time scouring eBay for high-priced vintage toys. Abe's only allies are his
over-protective mother (Mia Farrow) and his father's secretary (Mary Joy),
who willingly completes his tardy workload and appears frequently in his
Deeply lonely yet full of blustery delusions of
grandeur, Abe aggressively pursues troubled beauty Miranda (Selma Blair,
Storytelling). Extremely vulnerable, she goes along with his advances, built
around his grandiose vision of a life together in his room full of
collectibles. This stroke of good fortune surprises no one more than Abe's
long-suffering parents until, that is, things begin to unravel.
has a surprising roster of actors which prove a perfect match for the skewed
sensibility of filmmaker Todd Solondz, adding vitality to his signature
style and tone, as indicated by such films as Welcome to the Dollhouse and
Happiness. Solondz has established himself as American cinema's crown prince
of comic discomfort and once again, he has made another provocative film
which finds humor and insight in our deepest neuroses, pains, and misdeeds.
Directed by Todd Solondz, U.S.A., 2011, 35mm, 84 mins.