Dark Horse

Abe is a thirtysomething who collects action figures. He lives with his parents, works in the family business, and takes advantage of his mother who spoils him exaggeratedly. One day, at a wedding, he meets Miranda, a peculiar girl prone to depression. Smitten, he proposes to her. However, Miranda’s friendship with her smarmy ex-boyfriend, Mahmoud, will affect his passion and love for her, while his relationship with his father takes a turn for the worse. These events will throw Abe’s placid life into a spiral that he won’t be able to shake off.


Solondz’s fans will recognize his dark, satirical universe, which nevertheless remains brutally shocking. His film was screened in Venice and Gijón where it polarized, even more, the critics’ opinions. Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken offer amazing performances in the main roles.


Title: Dark Horse
Year: 2011
Runtime: 84′
Country: USA
Direction: Todd Solondz
Screenplay: Todd Solondz
Cast: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow
Cinematography: Andrij Parekh
Genre: Drama, Comedy

Wins and nominations

2011: Venice Film Festival
2011: Gijón Film Festival