Plot: Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.
Review: Known by the strong psychological content of his movies, Todd Solondz has a flair for pessimistic and intense dramas. The sad story of “Dark Horse” is no exception, uncovering loneliness, incomprehension and frustration. The plot is not forced, as in some previous works, and the scathing dark humor makes the right balance to the despair conveyed by characters. The main character is Abe whose self-contempt and revolt are consequences of family issues since childhood, making him frequently detached from reality (he often dreams awaken). A bitter movie, yes, but authentic.Relevant awards: -