|Countries||United States, Canada|
|Running Time||77 MIN|
|Cast||Rachel Sennott,Molly Gordon,Polly Draper,Fred Melamed|
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Toronto director Emma Seligman establishes herself as a refreshing new voice for the millennial Jewish experience with her debut film, Shiva Baby. Supported by her parents as she works towards a gender studies degree, Danielle supplements her parental allowance by dabbling in paid sex work. The disparate components of her life collide one afternoon when she attends a shiva with her parents and discovers among the guests, her former high school sweetheart, Maya, and her current client, Max. What ensues is a taut comedy of discomfort marked by a perfect ensemble cast, including Dianna Agron as well as Fred Melamed and Polly Draper as Danielle’s overbearing parents.
Programmer Pick: A tense, carefully executed drama about a young woman from a close-knit Jewish community who has had to keep secret many aspects of her life. The strengths of the film lie in the naturalistic performances, and in Seligman’s claustrophobic direction. A taut comedy of errors, Shiva Baby is not to be missed. (Lara Bulger)