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Obvious Child

USA | 2014 | 83 minutes | Gillian Robespierre

27-year-old Brooklynite Donna is dumped, fired, and impregnated in quick succession. Truth-telling works in her comedy, but can she do the same in her personal life? Hilarious turns from an ensemble cast meet Slate’s own in a swirl of biting wit, raw honesty, and sweet romance.

May 20, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 21, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Donna Stern is on the rebound—big time. After being dumped, Donna (“SNL” alum Jenny Slate) sinks into depression, which is hard to hide when your job is standup comedy. In true rom-com style, she finds comfort in her best friends, Nellie (Gaby Hoffman) and Joey (played by Slate’s real-life “gay best friend” Gabe Liedman). A particularly terrible standup set sends her into the arms of cute but dull Max (Jack Lacy), for what should be a one-night stand to escape her troubles. Weeks later, however, she realizes her troubles are just beginning: a pregnancy test comes up positive. Judging from the fart jokes in her standup act, Donna is not mature enough to hold down a real job, much less raise a child. To her credit, she realizes this early on and does something few comedic female protagonists do: she decides to have an abortion. Despite the weighty subject matter, director Gillian Robespierre, in her feature debut, injects Obvious Child with sustained laughs, casting well-known comics including Richard Kind as Donna’s father and David Cross as her sketchy boss. Donna careens from wisecracks to raw emotion as the date of her appointment nears—on Valentine’s Day, of course—and as she begins to recognize Max’s inherent decency. This funny, smart, touching film takes an honest look at personal choice, tackling a subject too often overwhelmed by politics and rarely viewed from a female perspective.

Director Biography

Gillian Robespierre was born and raised in New York City where graduated from the School of Visual Arts Film & Video Program. She currently works at the Directors Guild of America. Obvious Child is Robespierre's first feature-length film, adapted from her 2009 short of the same name.

Sponsored by Ingeniux, KING5

Director: Gillian Robespierre
Principal Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Elisabeth Holm
Screenplay: Gillian Robespierre
Cinematographers: Chris Teague
Editors: Casey Brooks
Music: Chris Bordeaux
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: A24
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