U.S., 2020, 78 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Emma Seligman, Not rated but unsuitable for children, Utopia Films
"Shiva Baby is a blast of energy and from its first moment to its last [director Emma] Seligman finds the right balance. There is genuine suspense, if not horror; the score, by Ariel Marx, could just as easily fit a summer camp slasher flick. But the greatest feeling for the audience––after discomfort––is excitement." —Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage
After getting paid by her sugar daddy, Danielle (Rachel Sennott) rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya (Molly Gordon), is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. The day takes a turn for the worst when Danielle's sugar daddy, Max (Danny Deferrari), arrives at the shiva - with his wife (Dianna Agron) and crying baby in tow. Shiva Baby, the feature film debut from Emma Seligman, is a cringe-inducing, sex-positive coming-of-age comedy that ushers in a bold new voice - both from Seligman and star Rachel Sennott, who perfectly captures the contradictory and suffocating pressures placed upon young women with equal parts pathos and humor.
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