January 16, 2021

Jenny Slate Brings ‘Landline’ to New York

“I want to work with people who are risk takers and who really care about being honest about what it’s like to be a human these days,” said Jenny Slate, Tuesday evening from the lobby of Metrograph. The actress was singing the praises of her collaborators Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, who cowrote and directed her latest film “Landline.”
The film follows the story of two sisters, eldest Dana (played by Slate) and youngest Ali (Abby Quinn), who come together when they suspect their father of having an affair. The sisters come to understand that family is not perfect, and their own personal lives begin to crack. Dana, who Slate called “sort of a goodie-two-shoes, rather uptight, but a very kind woman, who is a little bit lost,” struggles to remain faithful to her fiancé when she is reunited with an old flame. Meanwhile, Ali, who Quinn described as “really independent, pretty badass and smart” starts experimenting beyond her comfort zone with sex and drugs.
The plotline was inspired by the childhoods of Robespierre and Holm, who collaborated on Jenny Slate’s 2014 film “Obvious Child,” and are both children of divorce.
“It brought us together, tragedy always tends to do that, and our

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