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Shiva Baby 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Stars:Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper
The film begins with little more than a teenager Danielle (Rachel Sennot) having sex with a man about 20 years older than her, until they are interrupted by a phone call, in a remarkable fixed shot. When we say goodbye we realize that love does not unite them. The call is from her mother (an interesting Polly Draper) to remind her to go to a family friend’s shiva (for the Jewish creed, shiva is the period of mourning after the death of a loved one and begins with a meeting with food and drink and is prolonged in a kind of “guard” that lasts for seven days). Danielle finds herself in the shiva with Maya, a former friend / lover of hers (a Molly Gordon of remarkable naturalness), and with an unexpected third party, giving rise to a situation that turns the meeting into a nightmare for Danielle.
We could summarize this film as a comedy of entanglements that crosses between Buñuel’s Exterminating Angel with Woody Allen and some Ozon, since with Jewish New York characters in a social gathering it is impossible not to think about the second (although in this case, they are more vulgar). To the discomfort of seeing her secrets threatened, Danielle adds that of the treatment professed by the adults in the meeting. The director and screenwriter Emma Seligman indulges in some somewhat acidic (and somewhat basic and misogynistic) painting, albeit with hints of aggiornamiento, of a certain New York Jewish community.
In its first segment, the film begins to stagnate since the good approach does not evolve or is repeated, but then the general tension and oppression of the main character are consolidated as more characters enter to carve and due to the change in setting and the incidence of a slightly irritating soundtrack, achieving a Kafkaesque discomfort that spreads to other characters and the viewer, in this odyssey of a post-adolescent who seeks her independence.
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