The Toronto International Film Festival is a movie geek's wet dream. The festival's avalanche of films (300-plus over 10 days) offered something for cinemaphiles of every stripe, including a typically healthy dose of new works by established filmmakers from across the globe. The prime example was Jason Reitman's slick yet affecting 'Up in the Air' (starring a never-better George Clooney) that confirms the young director is more than just Diablo Cody's 'Juno' bitch.
Life During Wartime is something of a direct sequel to Solondz's 1998 film, Happiness, with one catch: All the characters are played by different actors. If you haven't watched Happiness in 12 years, it's not such a shock. Otherwise, the effect is disconcerting, like tuning in to your favorite soap only to find everyone has a new face.