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R.I.P. Dawn Weiner

R.I.P. Dawn Weiner

In his new film “Palindromes”, Todd Solondz is back in New Jersey exploring the life of an awkward young girl. The film begins at the funeral for Dawn “Weiner Dog” Weiner, founder of the infamous Special People’s Club, and cousin of Aviva, the young girl who yearns to be a Mom in “Palindromes.” She happens across Dawn’s brother, Mark Weiner, as he is en route to buy some Zip disks and we learn more about his family’s troubled life.

Sadly, Dawn killed herself after being impregnated during a date rape. Will young Aviva face a similar fate? Over the course of Aviva’s journey, she faces a roster of issues and experiences, including abortion, statutory rape, murder, utlra-conservative Christians, physical disabilities, and sexual abuse. Topics that have become common in a Todd Solondz film.

Last week at the New York City premiere, Todd called “Palindromes” the “very saddest of all my comedies,” and he spoke with Matt Plouffe about the new film for indieWIRE.

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