We’re marks for anything starring Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn (yes, even Ready Player One), so we were pleasantly surprised to find out that he is starring in a film for low-key master Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give) called The Land of Steady Habits. Per usual for Holofcener, this project is stuffed to the gills with great performers — Connie Britton, Edie Falco, Bill Camp, the kids from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Super Dark Times — and, based on a novel by Ted Thompson, it looks to be appropriately moving and funny in equal measure. It’ll hit Netflix sooner than you might think, and the streaming service dropped a trailer for the film on Thursday. It’s a good one, but you might need a few tissues after you watch it.
Take a look:
Here’s a synopsis:
“Anders Hill (Ben Mendelsohn), long ensconced in ‘the land of steady habits’ — the affluent hamlets of Connecticut that dot the commuter rail line — is finally ready to reap the rewards of a sensible life. Into his mid fifties and newly retired, his grown son’s college tuitions paid in full, Anders decides he’s had enough of steady habits: He leaves his wife (Edie Falco), buys a condo, and waits for freedom to transform him. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, Anders embarks on a clumsy, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present.”
The Land of Steady Habits hits Netflix on September 14, but it’ll be making its world premiere at TIFF earlier that week. We think such a close premiere and/or a quick release is a good thing, and we’re glad people will get a chance to see this sooner than they might through traditional channels. Well, it’d still be better on a theater screen, but we’ll take it regardless.