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Netflix released the first trailer for The Land of Steady Habits on Thursday (Aug. 23).
The drama about parenting, loss and consequences resulting from self-destructive behavior comes from writer-director Nicole Holofcener. Ben Mendelsohn stars as Anders Hill, who retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife, Helene (Edie Falco), after feeling disappointed with the way his sensible life has played out. Uncomfortable with his new life, Anders befriends drug-addicted teen Charlie (Charlie Tahan), who introduces him to a world of risk that has him engaging in regrettable behavior.
The trailer opens with Anders’ son, Preston (Mann), stating that his father’s new neighborhood looks like a place for little kids.
Anders is then seen attending a party, where a friend mentions his retirement from finance. “It’s a system of monstrous greed,” says Anders. “And for what? More toys? Bigger houses?”
Preston is struggling. He recently got a job as an alcohol deliveryman. “He’s kind of angry and rude and a little bit like the guy you see sitting across from you right now,” Anders tells Barbara (Britton) about his son.
Unhappy with his new life, Anders breaks into his old house. When his ex-wife catches him, it is revealed that she has moved on with a new partner. She later tells him, “You are the one who wanted out, so get out.”
Scenes of Preston continuing to struggle showcase a fractured relationship with his father. The trailer then introduces Charlie, who Anders is seen visiting in the hospital.
“I used to have this vision. My life was like a web. The more webs you could have coming from you, then the more important you were,” explains Anders as clips of him and his family living separately are shown. “But if you pass, 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.”
The Land of Steady Habits is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12. The film will be available to stream on Netflix on Sept. 14.
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