Dark Horse (2011 film)
|Directed by||Todd Solondz|
|Produced by||Ted Hope
|Screenplay by||Todd Solondz|
|Editing by||Kevin Messman|
Double Hope Films
Mount Pleasant Pictures
|Distributed by||Brainstorm Media
Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
|Running time||84 minutes|
Abe (Jordan Gelber) is a man in his thirties who suffers from arrested development. He works for his father (Christopher Walken), collects toys for a hobby, and lives with his parents. Aware his family doesn't think much of him, Abe tries to spark a relationship with Miranda (Selma Blair), who recently moved back home after a failed literary/academic career and a divorce. Miranda agrees to marry Abe out of desperation and, almost immediately, the ex-boyfriend that she pines after returns, muddying the waters with Abe. During the course of events, Miranda says she has hepatitis B, and may have already put Abe at risk for catching it. Later comes the possibility that she is pregnant, and then that she is not. The film wavers between depicting scenes of fantasy and reality, particularly in the two scenes that culminate the film, such that the viewer isn't always sure whether the action is real or imagined. The final shot suggests uncertainty even regarding which character's perspective was represented throughout the film, or at various parts of it.
- Jordan Gelber as Abe
- Selma Blair as Miranda
- Christopher Walken as Jackie
- Mia Farrow as Phyllis
- Justin Bartha as Richard
- Aasif Mandvi as Mahmoud
- Donna Murphy as Marie
- Mary Joy as Lori
- Peter McRobbie as Arnie
- Zachary Booth as Justin
- Tyler Maynard as Jiminy
- Jason Alexander as George Costanza (Voice Over)
- Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza (Voice Over)
- Estelle Harris as Estelle Costanza (Voice Over)
In an August 2010 interview, Solondz reported that he had finished the script for the project, but he had been reluctant to share any details in press reports. Shooting began in New York in October 2010.
The film opened the ninth IndieLisboa Film Festival on 26 April 2012.
The film was the Closing Night title for Maryland Film Festival 2012 on the evening of May 6, 2012, with Todd Solondz and Jordan Gelber presenting.
Dark Horse received positive reviews; as of December 19, 2012, it held a 73% "fresh" rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states "Typically misanthropic yet curiously satisfying and incisive, Dark Horse is a movie that preaches to the cynical converted." Later, TIME film critic Richard Corliss placed the film in his list of "Top 10 Movies of 2012".
The AV Club's Alison Wilson placed it at No. 10 on her annual best of list for 2012.
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- (16 July 2010). Solondz Nurtures His Indie Cred, The New York Times ("Mr. Solondz is set to start shooting a film after Labor Day called “Dark Horse.” (He was mum about details.) “Knock wood,” he said, “that it doesn’t fall apart.”")
- Tezer, Adnan (20 October 2010). Christopher Walken joins new Solondz film, Monsters and Critics
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- "Top 10 Movies of 2012". TIME. Retrieved Apr 26, 2013.