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Shiva Baby

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Shiva Baby

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Emma Seligman’s sharp-witted and hilarious debut feature is an affectionate, caustic comedy about one woman’s troubles. The story focuses on 20-something Danielle (brilliantly played by newcomer Rachel Sennott), a perennial student who’s been lying to her supportive but overbearing parents about her academic career—which is pretty much nonexistent. There is much more she’s not telling them about, including her steamy relationship with an older man. Forced by her parents to attend a shiva, Danielle is mortified when she bumps into her embittered ex, and several other unexpected conflicts arise. Shiva Baby is a one-of-a-kind, and not for the faint of heart.

Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

“Danielle’s ordeal is as tense as any thriller, with the strained small talk, copious side-eyes, and unapologetic gossip augmented by nervous camerawork, jarring sound effects and a jangling, dissonant musical score. It’s rare for a film to simultaneously balance such wildly divergent tones, to interweave big laughs with gut-wrenching discomfort, but Seligman pulls it off.”
Jason Bailey, New York Times
“An undoubtedly impressive and accomplished debut.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“A perfectly painted portrait that also makes for sharp social commentary, this just goes to show what you can do with a tiny budget but a huge amount of talent.”
Alex Godfrey, Empire Magazine


Live virtual Q&A with filmmaker Emma Seligman

Friday, Oct. 8 2021, 6:30

Tickets: 13 (members), 18 (nonmembers)

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This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2021 series.

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