Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming film Private Life, starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti.
Written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, the comedy drama revolves around a married couple in their 40s, Rachel and Richard (played by Hahn and Giamatti), who are struggling to conceive while coping with infertility and realize that starting a family is painfully complicated. As they navigate the world of assisted reproduction and adoption, their step-niece comes to live with them for a while, which leads to a series of events and powerful insights for them.
The cast also includes Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch, Denis O’Hare, Desmin Borges, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Tracee Chimo, and Emily Robinson.
The trailer gives viewers a glimpse into Richard and Rachel’s life as they undergo multiple fertility therapies and try to keep their marriage strong with all the challenges that come along with those therapies and adoption-related meetings.
Hahn’s character is heard saying, while signing some papers at a fertility clinic, that having a baby is “an immoral act” and listing some of the effects of having a baby, such as “overpopulation,” “climate change,” and “rising neo-fascism,” which makes Giamatti’s character ask her if she took her Valium. Told by a doctor that their best chance for success is with a donor-egg, the couple is then shown fighting on the sidewalk, with Hahn’s character telling her husband, in response to his statement there are positives, that it’s easy for him to say since he’ll have his genetic contribution. “Me, I’m just left out,” she adds and starts slapping Giamatti when he tries to hug her. Their niece’s arrival in their home is also shown, as well as various positive reviews received by the film.
The songs used in the trailer are “Wasting My Time” and “The Puppy Song” by Harry Nilsson, which are both included on his 1969 album, “Harry”.
Private Life will launch on the streaming service next month, on October 5.