One of the most delightful indies of 2014 was “Obvious Child,” and that was in large part due to the sharp screenplay and sensitive direction of Gillian Robespierre and the revelatory performance from comedian Jenny Slate. The two women proved to be a dynamite team for mining comedy from real human issues that teeter on the dramatic side, and it looks like their set to do it again for the 90’s-set sibling comedy “Landline.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Slate is officially set to join director Robespierre and screenwriter Elisabeth Holm for the comedy, which will co-star John Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass and newcomer Abby Quinn.
Set in Manhattan in 1995, “Landline” centers around a dysfunctional family coming undone and trying to keep together after a shocking revelation. The youngest daughter, Ali, discovers her father is having an affair, which forces middle child Dana to explore her wild side and mother Pat to confront the truth that her life can’t have it all. Messy truths and family bonds were a staple of “Obvious Child” (particularly the relationship between Slate’s character and her mother), and it seems “Landline” will only allow Robespierre to strengthen themes in this department.
Production is scheduled to begin May 23.
Watch the trailer for “Obvious Child” below:
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