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The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 14 September 2018 (USA)
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After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless and shameful behavior.

Director:

Nicole Holofcener

Writers:

Nicole Holofcener, Ted Thompson (based on the novel by)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Anders Harris
Connie Britton ... Barbara
Charlie Tahan ... Charlie
Thomas Mann ... Preston Harris
Edie Falco ... Helene Harris
Elizabeth Marvel ... Sophie
Bill Camp ... Donny O'Connell
Josh Pais ... Larry Eastwood
Michael Gaston ... Mitchell Ashford
Victor Williams ... Howard
Natalie Gold ... Dana
Sarah Wilson ... Young Woman
Victor Slezak ... Wes Thompson
Mary Catherine Garrison ... Sandy
Georgia Ximenes Lifsher ... Jennifer
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Storyline

Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut, Anders Harris (Ben Mendelsohn) retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife (Edie Falco) in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. However, he's 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. Missing his ex-wife and on the outs with his troubled 27-year-old son (Thomas Mann), Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen (Charlie Tahan), sending him down a path of reckless and regrettable behavior. His shameful actions cause him to question who he is as a father and, ultimately, who he is as a person.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Land of Steady Habits See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarrytown, New York, USA

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Likely Story See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018. See more »

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During the party scene when Anders is talking about his early retirement, the glass he is holding switches from his right hand to his left hand in the reverse shot. See more »

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Anders Hill: I used to have this vision: My life was like a web. The more webs could have coming from you, then the more important you were. But if you vanish, then the people that were in your life, they learn to rely on someone else. And then the web just remakes itself and moves on without you.
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The Land of Ben Mendelstrong
29 September 2018 | by knifemagnetSee all my reviews

I've read enough reviews stating things like 'no one to root for' and that the film is slow. I basically view both types of opinions on this film as coming from those that are the type of audiences that enjoy the endless Marvel/Star Wars drivel; where the action and pace is non-stop and unnatural and where cliche characters are everyone's favorite.

This film has solid natural pacing, and it is slow yet befitting the theme, so those that have an attention span and are in the right mood for such a film should give it a go. The film, as the synopsis says, is about a divorcee (Mendelsohn) that feels lost after the end of his marriage and abandoning his career - as most people would. Married to this sense of aimlessness is poor decisions which ultimately lead to a sort of redemption with those that ultimately matter. Mendelsohn is great as always and the supporting cast is solid. Avoids usual structure of films that many are unfortunately acclimated to that result in a firework worthy crescendo. A film about a man's life that is upside down in this regard isn't an edge of your seat film, complete with heroes and action scenes; some people really need to take the thirty seconds to read a synopsis and think (if possible) for another thirty seconds if that film is up their alley.

Bottom line: Solid movie, slower pace yet befitting of themes involved, and solid performances. Soundtrack is a dud. Those that did enjoy the movie and are readers should check out the book that preceded it.


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