78 minutes – Comedy, Drama
Festival release date: March 15, 2020 (SXSW)
Release date: April 2, 2021 (Canada)
Production companies: Dimbo Pictures, It Doesn’t Suck Productions, Bad Mensch Productions, Thick Media. Neon Heart Productions
Canadian distributor: Pacific Northwest Pictures
Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is having a bit of an off day. A near college graduate, her parents think she’s making extra cash by working as a babysitter while finishing her degree, but in truth she has a sugar daddy and is struggling to figure out what she’s going to do with her life once she graduates. Running late to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva, things take an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max (Danny Deferrari), arrives with his accomplished wife and crying baby. Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself without completely losing it. Endlessly witty and expertly paced, Shiva Baby had its World Premiere at the 2020 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW).
Hanna A. Park