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10/15/07

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Todd Solonz makes challenging films. Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness are two of the most uncomfortable films about growing up I've ever seen. Add Palindromes to that list. It's about a young girl, Aviva, who gets pregnant on purpose. When her mother, played by Ellen Barkin in a wonderful role, forces her to get an abortion, she decides to run away. She first takes in with a trucker, when he leaves her for being to young, she stumbles upon a Christian family who takes in unfortunate children. Then things take a turn for the worse.

The story is strange and hard enough to take on it's own, but Solonz makes the choice of having the girl played by a variety of actresses, from a young girl to a teenage boy to a fat-middle-aged black woman. It makes this tough, but well-made, film an even stranger ride. I'm glad I watched it, but I never need to see it again.

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