Dark Horse (2011 film)
|Directed by||Todd Solondz|
|Produced by||Ted Hope
|Screenplay by||Todd Solondz|
|Editing by||Kevin Messman|
|Studio||Mount Pleasant Pictures
Double Hope Films
Vitagraph FilmsAxiom Films (UK and Ireland)
|Running time||84 minutes|
Abe is a man in his thirties with arrested development who collects action figures and lives with his parents. He works for his father while pursuing his hobby. Aware his family doesn't think much of him, he tries to spark a relationship with Miranda, who recently moved back home after a failed literary/academic career and a divorce. Miranda agrees to marry Abe out of desperation, but after her ex-boyfriend returns, it muddies the waters. During the course of events, Miranda says she has hepatitis, and may pass it to Abe, and later, there is the possibility that she is pregnant, and then that she is not. The film often wavers between scenes of fantasy and reality, particularly in the two scenes that culminate the film.
- 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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- King, Loren (1 August 2010). Solondz offers a different view of ‘Life’, Boston Globe
- (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
- Dark Horse at Rotten Tomatoes
- "Top 10 Movies of 2012". TIME. Retrieved Apr 26, 2013.