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Rising Star: Rachel Sennott
Streaming 48 Hours
Emma Seligman’s sharp-witted and hilarious directorial debut will assure you never look at a shiva the same way again.
Twentysomething Danielle (GPJFF “Rising Star” Rachel Sennot) is too busy keeping track of her trail of lies to check in with her old friend and lover, Maya (Molly Gordon). Fortunately, both girls will have plenty of time to catch up when they are unexpectedly reunited at a family shiva. However, with more than one unexpected reunion afoot, Danielle, who is usually well-versed in keeping up appearances, is seemingly about to lose it. If only her overbearing mother and boundaryless relatives could lay off about her looking so thin or Maya could give quipping about her perpetual student status or inability to choose a path and stick to it a rest. Perhaps then, Danielle would finally have time to eat a bagel or emotionally process her current reality: why yes, that is the man I am literally sleeping with for money talking up my parents across the hall.
Biting, tender, and unapologetically fun, we’re not sure if SHIVA BABY is a refreshing palette cleanser or a full-on steamy shower. Either way, we hope this isn’t the last time Seligman and Sennot pair up to make us laugh and experience loads of discomfort.
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- Toronto International Film Festival