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Funny, sexy, and smart, with a script that grows more uncomfortable (in a good way) by the moment. A perfect little (love that's it's 78 minutes in a time when too many director seem to think comedies should run 2 hours) black comedy, with a star-making performance from Rachel Sennott. The film, the performances feel real. Like sneaking a look at one mostly horrible day in someone's diary. Can't wait to see what both she and director Seligman do next.
Literally, amazing. Every obstacle hits like a thumping beat. You can totally feel someone's heart race slowly in the span of an hour until you realize it's your own heart. The performances are impeccable, the script is tight as hell, it's a movie I'll be rewatching multiple times. This is such a perfect debut film. Emma Seligman is a force to be reckoned with and so is Rachel Sennott. I'm so so happy this was made. Favorite movie of 2021 so far.
i saw shiva baby at a couple virtual film festivals and it was my favorite film i watched in 2020! everything about this movie is perfect in my opinion: the cast, the cinematography, the score, it all came together to create the perfect immersive experience
The movie is very depressing but that could be due to the very poor script and lack of character development. However the characters were developed enough to be very irritating. In other words, I could care less what happened to them. The movie revolves around a college age women who sleeps with men to make money (i.e., definition of a hooker) and she ends up meeting one of those men while the family is sitting shiva after a funeral. There is no resolution of conflicts and the subject of the move could have been condensed into a 10 minute short film but even that might be too long to cover this story. I should have known not to rent a move that does not have a ‘trailer’. It was a waste of $6.99.
She is caught in a culture where image and accomplishment are very important. But she has no direction and her mother - is a huge part of the problem. The mothering is confining. The over mothering, well meaning as it might be, and the mother's good intentions are really in doubt because the mother defines her relationship with her daughter through it.
The director suggests that she will have peace and support from her gay friend. But if she does not tell the truth about who she is and find something she can pursue with passion, she is not going to be happy regardless of whether she is gay straight or bi. Her situation is partly her mother's (and her father's) fault, but she is an adult now. Telling the truth and boundaries with her parents are going to serve her way better than whatever relationship is currently (temporarily) in.
So the message is misguided. However, the script and the acting are so true that the movie is wonderful. Possibly as good a situation comedy / family angst movie as we will see in a few years. I my humble opinion.
Very entertaining with a lot of jewish humor and nuances. As a middle age mom I relate to Polly Draper's character. She gave an excellent performance as a jewish mother. I'm a fan of the tv show Call Your Mother so I was excited to see the daughter as the lead actress in this film. She was amazing as the college Sr dealing with a crazyyyyy day.
An amazingly emotional and sensitive comedic study of the inter-generational anxiety around the issue of fluid sexual identity set at the intersection of religious claustrophobia and familial expectations.
The tautly edited, claustrophobia inducing camera work is overlaid with a tension enhancing musical score that reaches an unexpected crescendo.
Deserves to be watched more than once to fully appreciate the brilliant acting so ably directed. Hard to believe this was the feature directorial debut for writer/director Emma Seligman.
I think this is a very intense movie. Well directed, great cast, thought provoking subject. Rachel Sennot and Danny Deferrari ( Danielle and Max) are two very promising expressive young actors. The unique music adds to the intensity of the movie. I recommend it.