This is the second part of our discussion on Todd Solondz’s career. Last time we started things off with Wiener-Dog (2016) and the various connections of themes and characters it opened to Solondz’s previous films like the cult film Welcome to the Doll House (1995) and Palindromes (2004).

Now we concentrate on his arguably most famous movie, Happiness (1998), and the various crossroads it takes us within Solondz’s oeuvre. Not to forget the uncomfortable rooms it opens when exploring the human condition.

Timeline

  • [00:00] – One thing we forgot to say about Wiener-Dog
  • [09:00] – Using characters and actors
  • [24:30] – Television
  • [26:50] – Unifying themes in Happiness
  • [42:30] – Liisa’s aunt
  • [56:00] – Jewish connections
  • [58:30] – First world problems
  • [1:02:00] – The points and final thoughts

Movies we mention