Edgy romantic comedy wins at Galway Film Fleadh,,,
Debut filmmaker Gillian Robespierre’s honest comedy, ‘Obvious Child,’ is the story of Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), a 27-year-old Brooklyn comedian whose unapologetically lewd, warm-hearted wit is pretty irresistible with audiences. When she gets heartlessly “dumped up with” by her two-timing boyfriend, Donna plunges into some light stalking and heavy moping. Hitting a serious low point, she performs a dreary set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes and drunkenly falls into bed with a nice young professional named Max (Jake Lacy)—not remotely her type. A few weeks later, she’s pregnant. Now Donna, incapable of telling anything but the naked truth when she’s on stage, will resort to any means to avoid telling Max the score. As her date with Planned Parenthood draws near, she must confront her doubts and fears like never before.
Alongside Slate and Lacy, the film stars Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, and David Cross.
Gillian Robespierre has written and directed several short films, including ‘Chunk’ in 2006, which follows an overweight teen forced to attend fat camp, and ‘Obvious Child’ in 2009. Her feature-length version of ‘Obvious Child’ was shot in 18 days in the Spring of 2013.
OBVIOUS CHILD opens at select Irish cinemas on 29 August