The potential audience for Life During Wartime
, Todd Solondz’s belated pseudo-sequel to his brilliant 1998 film Happiness
, can be neatly divided into two categories -- those who have seen the earlier film and those who have not. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to recommend that someone from either category pay to see this film. Those who haven’t seen Happiness
will likely be confused by certain points related to the characters and the narrative, and will definitely be missing out on a level of interpretation and reference that is clearly intended by the filmmaker. Meanwhile, those who have seen Happiness
can only be disheartened and depresse...