The new comedy, “Landline,” brings together, once again, the formidable talents of the powerful trio of women behind the game-changing feminist flick, Obvious Child: writer and director, Gillian Robespierre, producer Elisabeth Holm and star Jenny Slate once again. Their latest collaboration explores divorce and infidelity through women and within the confines of the family, writes Jesse Sposato.
“Obvious Child, the 2014 romantic comedy about a 20-something stand-up comic in Brooklyn who gets an abortion after a one-night stand, was hailed as a game-changer for feminist cinema,” says Sposato.
“As it turns out, it was a game-changer behind the scenes, too. Obvious Child changed all of our lives in different ways; we knew that we wanted to try it again,” Robespierre told Broadly. “It was a really good triangle, and I think we were really just excited to get another shot at it, and try something new.”
The three decided to flip the divorce narrative on its ass, says Robespierre, and “show three stages of women’s maturity… within the family construct.” Holm also insisted that they weren’t interested in having their characters driven by technology, “communicating over texts and tweets and discovering shit on Facebook.”