Annal: 1996 Sundance Film Festival —Dramatic

Results of the Sundance Film Festival in the year 1996.

Film:Welcome to the Dollhouse

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Todd Solondz

What is junior high school but a strange, disorienting pastiche of black comedy, tragedy, soap opera, and (most of all) horror movie? Well, that pretty much describes Todd Solondz’s astonishingly honest and clear-sighted film, Welcome to the Dollhouse. Like Solondz’s even more controversial follow-up—the acclaimed and despised Happiness (1998)—Dollhouse unflinchingly looks deep into its characters’ souls (and their embarrassing desires, and their floundering sexuality) in ways that can be simultaneously disturbing and liberating, appalling…

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