SHIVA BABY

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DATE

TH | 14th October 2021  | 06:30 p.m.

SHIVA BABY

USA 2020, 78 MIN, OmdU, ADMISSION FROM 18 YEARS | Triggerwarning—Bulimia, Nudity
Regie—Emma Seligman
Cast—Rachel Sennott, Danny Deferarri, Fred Melamed

The catastrophes merge at a Jewish memorial service in New York: Her sugar daddy and his wife appear together at one end of the room, and at the other eye contact with her ex-girlfriend threatens her. Between every snack that Danielle shovels compulsively onto her plate and then returns to the buffet, alternate bodyshaming and the shamelessly addressed shortcomings of her biography. Shiva Baby tells of queer crisis situations in which family and home are the opposite of retreat. The camera, masterfully guided, puts us in the bondage of a ghostly intoxication, in which the inflated voices of the horror trip relatives ask about the future, and the parents (always one step ahead) think up an job interview so that their daughter is not exposed as a total failure – lovingly, of course.

In this setting, Ema Seligman‘s thoroughly humorous chamber play finally depicts a love relationship between two women not as toxic, complicated or adventurous, but as the ultimate stability.

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