Palindromes (2004, USA) C-100m. * D: Todd Solondz. Starring Ellen Barkin, Rachel Corr, Richard Masur, Alexander Brickel, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Daring drama from the maker of HAPPINESS (1998) and STORYTELLING (2001). Story deals with 12 or 13-year old girl, who wants to get pregnant just for the hell of it and the repercussions of her choice. Beware: The girl is played by several child actresses, who couldn't be more different! Obviously a comment on the bigotry of society and the nihilism that rules part of today's youth, but most of it is thoroughly off-putting, not to say perverted. View only if you like Solondz' work.

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