The first trailer for Netflix original film Tallulah is here, and it promises a stellar and emotional performance from Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Tammy Blanchard about different kinds of motherhood. The cast also includes Zachary Quinto, John Benjamin Hickey, and Uzo Aduba.
Page plays the title character, Lu, who “lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence.” The story begins with her boyfriend Nico abandoning her in New York City. As she scavenges for leftovers at a hotel, she comes across a negligent mother played by Blanchard. Before she leaves, she takes baby Madison with her and ends up at the doorstep of Nico’s estranged mother with the lie that Madison is hers.
In addition to having three female leads, the team behind the screens consists largely of women, from cinematographer Paula Huidobro, to the assistant director, gaffer, production designer, costume designer, and DP. “I think Sian and I both agree that it’s whoever is the best man for the job,” says producer Heather Rae.
Orange is the New Black director Sian Heder is the writer and director of Talulah, which was based on her 2006 short film Mother, which was also based her own baby-sitting experience in Los Angeles. Notably, Heder had one child and was pregnant with another during production, though she says in an LA Times interview that she doesn’t want the narrative “to be the story of the mommy filmmaker.”
Tallulah will be on Netflix July 29th. Are you going to check it out?
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