SHIVA BABY (film review by Mark R. Leeper)

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Mark Leeper

Nov 14, 2021, 9:00:03 AM11/14/21
SHIVA BABY is a comedy of Jewish manners that looks at
what goes on under the surface of a shiva (a "Jewish wake" which
takes place after the funeral). Directed and written by Emma
Seligman, it focuses on Danielle (played by Rachel Sennott), who is
about to graduate from college, and her extended family and
friends. Her father is played by Fred Melamed (best known for the
Coen Brothers film A SERIOUS MAN); the other actors are relatively
unknown but worth watching. Perhaps as one sign of her confusion,
Rachel claims to be a vegetarian but eats lox and other non-
vegetarian fare. Rachel and the people she interacts with are all
hiding secrets from each other. Not surprisingly, many of these
come out.

Released 04/02/21; available on Blu-ray. Rating: low +1 (-4 to
+4), or 5/10.

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