November 6, 2014 12:58 PM EST

Almost a decade after screenwriter Angus MacLachlan helped launch Amy Adams’ career with Junebug, the filmmaker makes his directorial debut with Goodbye to All That. The movie (no relation to the Joan Didion essay of the same title) debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, where Paul Schneider won an award for Best Actor.

In the film, Schneider plays Otto Wall, a somewhat irresponsible but generally decent husband and father whose marriage unexpectedly dissolves. The movie follows Otto as he adjusts to his post-marriage life, rebounding on the dating scene and undergoing something of a sexual reawakening, all while trying to remain a good father to his precocious 9-year-old daughter Eddie.

Indiewire’s Rodrigo Perez praised the film for its credible depiction of devastation and resilience. “As an astute and empathetic portrait of human crisis, resolve and survival,” he wrote, “it’s a wonderfully authentic and perfectly touching one.”

In addition to Schneider, the film stars Melanie Lynskey, Amy Sedaris and Heather Graham. Goodbye to All That hits select theaters on Dec. 17.

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