The June Swoon for today brings us to an independent film written and directed by Emma Seligman called Shiva Baby. This is a short, little film that has a lot of humor and some of the most realistic and awkward moments you would ever experience.
Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a college senior, was having sex with her sugar daddy Max (Danny Deferrari). After this, Danielle had to go to a Shiva with her parents Joel (Fred Melamed) and Debbie (Polly Draper). Little did she know that her ex-girlfriend Maya (Molly Gordon) and Max, with his wife Kim (Dianna Agron) and baby would also be at the Shiva, creating a ton of uncomfortableness.
This was the basis for the majority of the movie. Poor Danielle was under scrutiny and pressure from all areas of that Shiva: her parents, Max, Maya, other relatives curious about what Danielle was doing with her life.
Rachel Sennott does a really solid job showing how much pressure she was loading on her shoulders. You wished she would just let someone in and let them help her, but you can understand why she does not trust any of the people in her circle. You are never sure exactly what was going to happen next.
The portrayal of the Jewish culture here was well done and made it so that those people who may not be Jewish understand what was going on as well.
The ending was just as awkwardly painful as you could imagine.
Shiva Baby was quick and well done.