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At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.
“A playful, brilliantly anxious, sex-positive coming-of-age set inside a tight-knit Jewish community.” - Variety
This sharp-witted dark comedy from first-time feature writer/director Emma Seligman is a quirky yet sensitive exploration of the pressure young people face today.
A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school.
Danielle's day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and a crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.
★★★★ stars “Clever”, “funny”, and “highly impressive” David Stratton, The Australian’s Review
★★★★ 1/2 stars “highly entertaining and hilarious” Out in Perth
“Really, really loved it, very, very funny” Radio Adelaide, Breakfast
★★★★ 1/2 stars - Canberra Weekly
“A triumph of writing and performance” The Monthly
“More suspenseful and claustrophobic than a horror movie” News.com.au
“It's anxious and nerve-wracking, and also witty and entertaining — and it leaves no doubt that Seligman, Sennott and Gordon all have big futures....an exceptionally written film” Concrete Playground
“One of the best films of the year, really funny... really great performances” RTR FM, Movie Squad
★★★ “full of very witty lines... recommended indeed” ABC720 Film Mafia
“Emma Seligman is a twisted genius...I cannot recommend Shiva Baby enough." The Curb