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JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Shiva Baby’

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Forced family functions are an absolute nightmare. Awkward social interactions, invasive questions from people you barely even know, let alone like. The first directorial outing from Emma Seligman dives head first into one of those dreaded afternoons.

Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is lost in life. Her parents pay her way as she switches majors in college with no sense of direction. To earn more money she pretends to babysit while she’s actually selling herself to rich men wanting something on the side. When her parents ask her to come to a funeral, her biggest fear is navigating a social cesspit of family members. Little does she know one of her sugar daddies is attending as well.

Shiva Baby’ is fast and furious. At a brisk 77 minutes it wastes no time on things like character development. Now that may sound bad at first, but during the duration…

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