Todd Solondz’s eighth film “Wiener-Dog” follows a single wiener dog on a life journey as he enters four separate domestic traps rife with dysfunctional and chaos: An uptight mother (Julie Delpy) and her fragile nine-year-old son (Keaton Nigel Cooke), the return of Dawn Weiner (now played by Greta Gerwig) and her classmate Brandon (played by Kiernan Culkin), a disgruntled film school professor (Danny DeVito), and a grumpy old grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and her spoiled granddaughter (Zosia Mamet).
All of these stories explore Solondz’s recurring themes involving the futility of existence, the pain of suburban life, and the double punch of loneliness and regret. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Delpy’s character Dina teaching her son about spaying their new dog.
Todd Solondz first broke through with his 1995 film “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” about a shy, awkward seventh grader (Heather Matarazzo) and the emotional abuse she faces at home and at school, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His next film “Happiness” follows the lives of three sisters and their dysfunctional lives and families; it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and was highly controversial upon release (it was rated NC-17 by the MPAA). His most recent films include 2009’s “Life During Wartime,” a loose sequel to “Happiness,” and “Dark Horse.”
“Wiener-Dog” will be released in theaters this Friday, June 24.