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"A grand-slam of a feature directorial debut. Rachel Sennott’s eerily hypnotic and often far-too-relatable turn as Danielle takes an already excellent script and elevates it to the status of — dare I say — an instant classic."
— Consequence of Sound

Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby focuses on twentysomething Danielle, a perennial student who’s been lying to her supportive but overbearing parents about her faltering academic career. She has a lot of secrets she’s keeping, including her relationship with an older man. Hauled off to a shiva by her parents, she’s mortified to encounter her embittered ex Maya, followed by other people who make things increasingly more awkward. Much to her chagrin, she finds out that many of them have secrets of their own.

Danielle lurches from one potentially catastrophic encounter to another — each one threatening to expose her multiple fabrications — while navigating spilled drinks, wailing babies, and an endless string of friends and relations anxious to give advice.  Sharp-witted and hilarious, Shiva Baby is an assured, vibrant debut from Seligman.

Starring: Rachel Sennott, Diana Agron, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper

Director: Emma Seligman

Runtime: 77 minutes

Genre: Comedy, LGBTQ+, Woman Directed

Year: 2021

Country: United States