Watch enough movies and trends start to develop. One of the major ones: Love is hard; fidelity is harder.
And as time wears on, it becomes even harder. At least for Tom (John Turturro), a middle-aged father of two daughters who’s been having an affair. When his youngest, Ali (Abby Quinn), discovers his extra-curricular activities, she is more devastated to learn that it’s not simply a physical relationship but an emotional one as well.
The eldest, Dana (Jenny Slate), should be equally disturbed, but she is also stepping out on her fiancé with an old flame. Ali isn’t exactly surprised, she certainly has her own secrets to keep, but with role models like these, it’s no wonder why her mother (Edie Falco) is concerned.
Set in New York City in the 1990s, Landline follows this family as they fall apart and come back together. The story—from a screenplay by Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre, who also directs—is trite and familiar. Even though it takes almost a third of the movie for the affairs to kicking in, they seem inevitable. Yet, there is something about Robespierre’s direction and the performances from Slate, Turturro, and, especially, Quinn that make this family seem honest, their predicament true, and their resolution appropriate.
Landline is in limited release.