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Ellen Page reunites with her Juno co-star Allison Janney for a serio-comic character study about two women forging an unlikely bond in Tallulah, the feature writing/directing debut of Orange Is the New Black’s Sian Heder. Ahead of its July 29 debut on Netflix, we have an exclusive clip (watch it above) from the critically acclaimed film.
Tallulah, which premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival, concerns Page’s titular vagabond, who through a series of dumb and even dumber decisions, winds up as the guardian of a 1-year-old child. To cope with her newfound (less-than-legal) circumstances, she desperately turns to the estranged mother (Janney) of her ex-boyfriend, who — thinking the child is her granddaughter — agrees to take them both into her home. Theirs is an unlikely partnership, and in the above two-minute scene, Page’s Tallulah freaks out over the idea that the infant might be dead, only to be comforted by Janney’s adult, whose bed Tallulah soon gets into (in a sign of her own immaturity, and need for parental care).
The natural, screwy-but-heartfelt chemistry shared by Page and Janney in Tallulah is on full display in this amusing and quietly poignant sneak peek from the drama, which earlier this year drew praise from Variety’s Geoff Berkshire:
[The film] offers juicy roles not only to Page but also to Allison Janney and Tammy Blanchard, in a strong showcase of female talent both behind and in front of the camera… Page is simply superb in a complex role that perfectly plays to her gift for balancing deadpan comedy with surprisingly deep emotional reserves. And while she was a sterling support opposite Page in “Juno,” Janney rises here nearly to the level of co-lead as an uptight control freak whose desire to cling to her family only serves to push them away.
Tallulah’s cast also includes Tammy Blanchard, Zachary Quinto, and Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba.