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By Spencer Coile

During a pivotal scene in Gillian Robespierre'sLandline,just out on DVD,a familiar song begins to play.Curious to figure out what it was,I quickly Shazamed it on my phone to discover that it was Angel Olsen's 2016 song "Sister."It is an epic song -- almost eight minutes long,discussing the longing nature of wanting to change.I was initially delighted to hear a song that resonated with me back when years ago.But why was a tune from the late 2010's playing in a film that takes place in 1995?

Landlineis a film that is all about time.It is rooted firmly in the mid-90's with plenty of political,social,and pop culture references (Jenny Slate's Dana remarks that her and her fiancé rentedCurly Suefrom Blockbuster and that "it's a good film").The use of "Sister,"however,speaks to the film's transcendence from a period piece to one that is equally as relevant in 2017...


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