The troubled past between a mother and son is unearthed in the first trailer for Aloft, starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy. The story follows this mother (Jennifer Connelly) and her child (Cillian Murphy), as we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will grow into being a renowned artist and healer, and he into his own as a peculiar falconer who bears the marks of a double absence.

In the present, a young journalist (Mélanie Laurent) will bring about an encounter between the two that puts the very meaning of life and art into question, so that we may contemplate the possibility of living life to its fullest, despite the uncertainties littering our paths. Oona Chaplin, Ian Tracey, Shona Kay, Peter McRobbie, Zen McGrath, William Shimell and Winta McGrath round out the supporting cast. The drama debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and is set for release in New York and Los Angeles on May 22, with a nationwide expansion to follow.

Claudia Llosa, who made her directorial debut with The Milk of Sorrow, directs from her own original screenplay. This indie drama will be going up against Disney's Tomorrowland when it opens next month, but we'll have to wait and see how well it does against such an anticipated big-budget movie. Check out the first footage below from Aloft.