Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in July

'A Ghost Story,' 'Landline,' 'Strange Weather,' and more of this month's must-sees.

Landline

Release Date: July 21
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Cast: Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, John Turturro, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn

Star Slate and director Robespierre’s second collaboration, after the wonderful 2014 comedy Obvious Child, maintains that film’s sense of humor and truth while expanding its canvas: bigger cast, period setting (I mean, mid-’90s, but still), and as much interest in drama as comedy. Slate gets a lot of notes to play here, all of them well; it’s a performance that keeps you off-balance, in which you never know if you’ll get a raw moment of heartbreak or a tiny piece of physical comedy. Quinn is also quite good as her teenage sister; Robespierre and co-scripter Elisabeth Holm nail that specific moment in a young person’s life when they’re about to become an adult, and drunk with that power, certain they know everything and are wiser than this world. And Turturro and Falco are terrific as their parents, showing both the pain they’ve accumulated as their marriage has deteriorated, and how well they hide it most of the time.