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Julie Delpy

'Wiener-Dog' director Todd Solondz appearing in Miami Beach

'Wiener-Dog' director Todd Solondz appearing in Miami Beach

Todd Solondz is still full of surprises. The writer-director behind "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Happiness" and the more recent "Dark Horse" is best known for the bracing provocations and controversial subject matter of his films.

His latest, "Wiener-Dog," is almost shocking in its gentleness and straightforward simplicity. The film nevertheless finds time for a mother-son chat on mortality, ruminations on life choices and a resurrection of the "Dollhouse" character Dawn Wiener as it covers four stories in which a lovable dachshund lives with a new owner. A family takes in a sick dog, a shy veterinary technician goes on an...