Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original film The Land of Steady Habits.
Directed by Nicole Holofcener from her own script, the family drama revolves around Anders Hill, a middle-aged man who, feeling trapped in the “stiffling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut,” retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. According to the official synopsis, he is “quickly faced with the startling reality of his choices – he spends his days looking for things to decorate his empty shelves, sleeping with strangers and feeling terribly lost”.
The cast includes Ben Mendelsohn in the leading role, Edie Falco as Hill’s wife, Thomas Mann as his troubled 27-year-old son, Charlie Tahan as a drug-addicted teenager, Connie Britton.
The trailer features Mendelsohn at a party telling an acquaintance the reason why he’s quitting his job. “It’s a system of monstruous greed and for what? More toys, bigger houses…” he says, revealing that he will get involved in charity work in the future. He’s also shown at a date, trying to deal with the attitude of his son, who’s delivering booze for a living, with his ex-wife, who’s reminding him that he’s the one who wanted out, and spreading words of wisdom in a bar.
The song used in the trailer is “Palindrome Hunches” by Neil Halstead (the Slowdive and Mojave 3 vocalist/guitarist), from his third solo album of the same name, released in 2012.
The Land of Steady Habits is scheduled to premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival on September 12th, before being available on the streaming service two days later, on September 14.