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Palindromes by Wellspring Media INC
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Described as a "fable of innocence," his latest film allows Todd Solondz to savor the profound flavor of moral complexity. (Wellspring Media)
Writer/director Todd Solondz has no patience for formulas or safe choices. Most filmmakers, after making a movie as commercially unsuccessful and critically slammed as the underrated Storytelling, would strive to broaden their appeal. Solondz, instead, made Palindromes, a movie about a troubled young girl named Aviva whose only goal in life is to have children--a goal that leads her through abortion, religious extremism, pedophilia, and more. But for many viewers, the plot isn't as off-putting as the casting: Over the course of the movie, Aviva is played by eight very different actresses (including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rush). Like Solondz's other movies (including Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness), Palindromes initially seems emotionally brutal and absurd, but gradually grows engaging and even moving, albeit in strange and unexpected ways. Palindromes is given an extra boost by a hypnotic, emotionally unleashed performance by Ellen Barkin (The Big Easy, Drop Dead Gorgeous) as Aviva's mother. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

    Jeff Milne. 2009. ISBN: 9780615285214,061528521X.

    This is an in depth reference work devoted to the movie trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. It is far better and more complete than the terrible, short book by the games creators, which was mostly pictures and empty space on the page.

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  • After Dawn

    04/28/05 ,via CHICAGO READER

    Her own mother's love turns out to be entirely conditional: when a teenage Aviva (Valerie Shusterov) gets pregnant and wants to keep the child, Joyce insists that she abort it, pleading, "It's not a baby! Yet! It's like it's just a tumor!" Barkin is superb ...

  • Palindromes, just another Todd Solondz movie.

    04/14/05 ,via Slate

    A few years later, a post-pubescent Aviva (Valerie Shusterov) single-mindedly gets herself knocked up, whereupon the pressure from her parents to abort the baby is relentless and hysterical. Joyce even tells Aviva (now Hannah Freiman) that the credit for ...

  • And Aviva Will Be Played by . . .

    04/10/05 ,via New York Times

    ODD SOLONDZ, the twisted mind behind "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness," has gone to extremes in all his films. Think of the rape looming over the heroine of "Welcome to the Dollhouse," or the obsessive masturbation in "Happiness." His latest ...


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Valerie Shusterov, Actress: Palindromes. Valerie Shusterov is an actress, known for Palindromes (2004), The Dawn Chorus (2006) and Cavities (2004).

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Photo of Valerie Shusterov from Palindromes (2004) with Robert Agri

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