Romance blooms between two 30-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector and a woman who is the dark horse of her family.

Dark Horse

Comedy | Drama | 2011

Cast

Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken, Justin Bartha, Donna Murphy

Synopsis

In his mid-30s, Abe (Jordan Gelber) clings to the trappings of his adolescence, including the extensive collection of toys and action figures adorning his boyhood bedroom. Still living with his parents Jackie (Christopher Walken) and Phyllis (Mia Farrow), Abe works for his increasingly disappointed Dad and spends evenings ruthlessly trouncing his Mom at backgammon. His older brother Richard’s (Justin Bartha) success as a California doctor only feeds Abe’s resentment and rage at his family over his failures.

When Abe meets Miranda (Selma Blair), whose personal and professional disasters have sent her scrambling back to the safety of her parents’ suburban home, he sees what he thinks is a chance at true love. Abe throws himself into pursuing the overmedicated Miranda, convincing her to marry him after a whirlwind courtship. But, as the couple haltingly prepares to start a new life together, the film swerves into Abe’s subconscious, where his crippling self-doubt and dark fears begin to undermine his nearly realized dream of a fuller life.

Producers

Juan Basanta, Ted Hope, Rafael Munoz, Nick Quested, Craig Shilowich, Derrick Tseng

Director

Todd Solondz


Official Selection, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Göteborg International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2011