The Land of Steady Habits

The Land of Steady Habits


Ben Mendelsohn is a wealthy, newly divorced financier with scant few future plans in this domestic drama based on Ted Thompson's novel.... More

"Ben Mendelsohn plays Anders Hill, a middle-aged man who has divorced his wife, Helene (Edie Falco), and surrendered the comforts of affluent family life for… well, he's not sure. Retired from work, freed from marriage, and largely abandoned by his adult son Preston (Thomas Mann), he seeks that liberating lightness he once had. But awkward dates prove unsatisfying, even with a woman as lively as Barbara (Connie Britton). Anders finds himself drifting towards adolescent adventures, trying to befriend his neighbour's teenage son Charlie (Charlie Tahan), and joining in risk-taking he should have outgrown decades ago." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide

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  • If the centre holds, it's thanks to the enthralling performance by Mendelsohn, one of the most compelling character actors of any era. Full Review

  • Laying it all out with a piercing authenticity, Holofcener makes us hope that the wait till her next feature is not quite so long. Full Review

  • The performances have sufficient grit - and the writing has just enough polish - to make "The Land of Steady Habits" feel unpredictable and fresh. Full Review

  • No matter how much you want to like the film, something is missing: a spark, a shimmer, a thrust of discovery. Full Review