Trespassing for Laughs in ‘The Land of Steady Habits’

anatomy of a scene

The director Nicole Holofcener discusses a scene in which the lead character (Ben Mendelsohn) breaks into his former home.

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Nicole Holofcener narrates a sequence by her film featuring Ben Mendelsohn.Published OnCreditCreditImage by Netflix

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Ben Mendelsohn stars in “The Land of Steady Habits” as Anders Hill, a divorced man grappling with the brand new life he has set up for himself. Nicole Holofcener directs the film (in theaters along with streaming on Netflix Sept. 14), along with adapted Ted Thompson’s novel for the screen.

In This kind of scene, Anders has been drinking along with gives his taxi driver the incorrect address, that will of his former home. yet he still has the key along with decides to head in, to the dismay of his son (Thomas Mann), his ex-wife (Edie Falco) along with her brand new boyfriend (Bill Camp).

In This kind of video, Ms. Holofcener (interviewed at the Toronto International Film Festival) discusses her goals for the scene (the chance to show Anders’s enjoyment at being a jerk to his ex) along with one of the mishaps in filming This kind of (melting Popsicle props).

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