After the acclaimed and controversial "Happiness", Todd Solondz produced another acid and depressing vision of today`s America. Forget "American Beauty", since "Storytelling" goes further down the spiral. The movie contains two distinct segments, the first, "Fiction", and the second, "Non-Fiction". In the first, a writing student gets involved with her teacher and that experience will determine her vision of the world and her writing process, leading to a complex, tense discussion. In "Non-Fiction", Solondz makes an insight into the "typical" american family, presenting some dysfunctional characters who struggle to somehow survive in a bitter, convulted world. The director also reflects on the effects of the showbiz industry and its relevance in a society full of lonely and depressed individuals. Sarcasm and irony are a constant here, used to maximum effect to describe the growing process of a young slacker who tries to find something worth caring about but ends up failing again and again.
Although it`s not perfect, "Storytelling" is nonetheless a powerful movie that gives much food for thought and again shows the strenght of one of the most original voices of american indie cinema. Very good but not for everyone.