Todd Solondz’s new film, Life During Wartime, has the good fortune of screening at the Telluride, Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals. Cinetic Media is repping the film for North America, but even with that in mind, I’m a fan. It is a very good arthouse film, a movie for adults and a movie about forgiveness. Regardless about the qualities of the film itself, this is some news worth catching:
Solondz evidently wrote a song called, “Life During Wartime,” that’s performed twice during the film. Once acoustically by Shirley Henderson (taking on the role of Joy, once played by Jane Adams in Solondz’s 1998 film, “Happiness”) and a second time in the credits, performed this time by Beck and his buddy Devendra Banhart. This version is a bit more upbeat (Banhart’s song “Heard Somebody Say” is also featured in the film) with some subtle electronic beats, but it’s still pretty much a low-key affair.
This comes from The Playlist, after they caught the film in Toronto. Beck and Banhart have seemed like kindred spirits over the last few years, so this collaboration doesn’t feel shocking as much as it feels ideal. Even more than Barnhart, there’s something kinda parallel about Solondz and Beck’s careers. I may sound crazy, but if you think about their ups and downs and experimentation with a nod towards American suburbia… there’s something there. And, they’ve both matured a lot from their breakthrough in the 1990s.