Both the movie and review for this one will be a tad more serious than the previous, but only because Todd Solondz is a God among men and deserves the utmost of respect.
Todd Solondz has blessed the movie-viewing world with just four films that he is proud to say are his. His first, Welcome To The Dollhouse, continues into his latest, Palindromes. The continuation of the story is likely a salute to the Solondz fans that have stuck with him from the start and to the characters of Dollhouse.
Using many different actresses to play the main character, Aviva, worked brilliantly. Although many complained that it was pointless or confusing, I felt it was important to show Aviva as she was intended to be, an every-American girl.
The movie is a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. We watch as a dozen young women go through the trials and tribulations of growing up wanting to love something and be loved in return.
Connecting Welcome To The Dollhouse to Palindromes was one of my favourite features of the film. Specifically, bringing in the character of Mark Weiner, likely based on Solondz himself, gave the movie a whole new element of dry and sarcastic humour.
As always, Todd Solondz exposes issues like abortion, child sex, and rape by stomping on them, rather than dancing around them. The movie is provocative and will offend most people but that just means you don’t “get it”, man.
I love you, Todd Solondz.
Ps. The next movie is AWFUL, so the review won’t be as serious.
Pps. Pedophiles love kids.