Showing at 09:45PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 9:45pm at Regal Winter Park Village
USA, 2004, 100 MIN
DIRECTED BY TODD SOLONDZ
Distinctive director Todd Solondz polarizes audiences once again with his controversial new work PALINDROMES. Solondz’s film Happiness won the 1998 International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight, and his beloved Welcome to the Dollhouse, which introduced the world to Dawn Wiener, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1996. His new film centers on 12-year-old Aviva, who wants more than anything to be a mom. Nearly succeeding but ultimately thwarted by her parents, she runs away and finds herself lost in a world that is itself pregnant with strange possibilities. This bizarre, funny, and disturbing film adopts a unique form of visual storytelling by using eight different actors—five girls, two women, and one boy, all of varying ages and ethnicities—to play the same lead role. The cumulative effect of this fascinating device raises questions about character, personality, identity, and performance. Ellen Barkin (The Big Easy), Richard Masur (Risky Business), and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Anniversary Party) help create a road movie unlike anything we've seen before, certain to be one of the most provocative films of the year.