In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair. (synopsis via IMDb)
Wouldn’t it be lovely if life worked out exactly as we imagined it would?
Well the good bits anyway …
In Landline, Jenny Slate’s character Dana admits to her father, who’s left-turn life decision has left his two daughters reeling, that “I’m just trying to figure out if the life that I’ve picked for myself is even the one that I want.”
Aren’t we all sister, aren’t we all?
As Variety notes in their review, the themes in the film are pretty universal ones, despite the New York setting:
“Landline is a dramatic comedy about a family full of secrets, and what’s mature — and, in its way, reassuring — about the film is that it views this state of affairs as an all-too-natural one.”
So there are some pretty big but relatable questions canvased in what looks promisingly like a genuinely touching, warm and funny indie film about family, life, and way it can be messy and glorious all at once as we try to figure what the hell is going on.
And yeah, let’s be honest maybe we never will and that’s OK too.
Landline opens 21 July in USA after premiering at Sundance last January.