Landline (2017)
November 1, 2017 10:27 AM - Subscribe

A teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan during the 1990s discovers that her father is having an affair.
posted by ellieBOA (1 comment total)
I saw this two evenings ago. It was one of those movies that has many good moments without quite pulling together as a whole for me, though I can't quite put my finger on why.

Edie Falco as the mother/Pat was awesome. The little period details were great. I was 20/21 in 1994, somewhere between the age of these two sisters, and could relate to so much about their lives. Like how a bodysuit looked worn over undies -- man, bodysuits were the devil! And the older sister not wearing a watch because she decided she wanted to feel free of time constraints -- I did just that in my mid-twenties (circa 1998) for awhile.

While the two sisters' angst over their father's affair could feel silly and farcical (and I don't much like farce), I loved how that "let's investigate dad and should we tell mom" frivolity and slapstick suddenly peeled away to reveal that the mother had known full well that her husband was cheating on her and now we're watching the painfully realistic end of a marriage. Parents and kids do operate on two different levels like that.
posted by orange swan at 11:17 AM on April 26, 2018

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