Dark Horse (2011): Solodnz’s Serio-Comedy, Starring Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber

Todd Solondz directed Dark Horse, an ensemble-driven serio-comedy, featuring Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber, Donna Murphy, Christopher Walken, Zachary Booth and Aasif Mandvi.

Dark Horse
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World premiering at the 2011 Venice Film Fest, the movie was released a year later by Brainstorm Media to mixed critical response and commercial death at the box-office.

Abe (Jordan Gelber), a man in his thirties who lives with his parents, meets suicidal Miranda (Selma Blair), who recently moved back home after failed literary career and divorce.

Waiting outside Miranda’s house for their date,  his secretary Marie tells him that he has no chance getting the girl, but it turns out to be a dream.

At several points in the story Marie (his secretary who says she had twin children who would have been Abe’s age but died) turns up in unexpected places and talks with him, often to discourage him from his various pursuits.

The places include the car park outside the bar, his bedroom, street corner after arguments with his mother and brother.


Directed, written by Todd Solondz
Produced by Ted Hope, Derrick Tseng

Cinematography Andrij Parekh
Edited by Kevin Messman

Production companies: Goldcrest Films; Double Hope Films; Vitagraph Films
Mount Pleasant Pictures

Distributed by Brainstorm Media

Release date: September 5, 2011 (Venice); June 8, 2012 (US)
Running time: 84 minutes
Box office $166,228