A shiva is the last place twentysomething Danielle (Rachel Sennott) expects to run into her sugar daddy, Max (Danny Deferarri). To make matters worse, he’s there with his wife and child, who Danielle is desperately keen to avoid. Oh, and Danielle’s ex-girlfriend Maya (Molly Gordon) is there too. The debut feature of writer-director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby navigates this powder keg of social anxiety with a razor-sharp wit and an acute eye for detail, resulting in one of the smartest and freshest comedies to emerge from American independent cinema in recent years.
Why You Should See This Film
A New York Times Critic’s Pick, Shiva Baby has been getting well-deserved raves for its unique perspective, brilliant direction and terrific lead performance from comedian-slash-actor-slash-Twitter-personality Rachel Sennott. Sennott is a revelation as Danielle, balancing the film’s specific blend of anxiety and hilarity with ease. We can’t wait to see what both director and star do next.
- Year: 2020
- Rating: M
- Director: Emma Seligman
- Cast: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Dianna Agron, Polly Draper
- Duration: 77 minutes
- Language: English