Wednesday, June 10, 2009


can you just wait here for five minutes while i go and buy some zip discs?

aviva (emani sledge, valerie shusterov, hannah freiman, rachel corr, will denton, sharon wilkins, shayna levine and jennifer jason leigh) is a thirteen year old girl. she can't understand why her cousin (r.i.p. dawn "wiener-dog" wiener) committed suicide, because of an unwanted pregnancy, as she wants nothing more from life than to have a baby. and, despite her mother's (ellen barkin) attempts to thwart this, aviva sets out into the world with only one thing on her mind...

now, i like todd solondz: 'welcome to the dollhouse' and 'happiness' are particular favourites, and it's probably only the dip in quality, that was 'storytelling', which put me off watching this for so long. any how, this is most definitely a step in the right direction.

after initially getting over the 'err... hang on... what's happening?' quality of the actress playing the central character changing at quite a pace, you can settle into enjoying (if that's the right word) solondz's musings on aviva's situation. as you'd expect, solondz manages to create a film that is equal parts thought provoking, amusing, uncomfortable and engaging. although it was a shame that dawn wiener had to be killed off...

good stuff.

the dvd is £12.99 from

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