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OBVIOUS CHILD

Director: GILLIAN ROBESPIERRE

83 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema


This film closes on Thursday, September 18th.

Understandably distressed when she gets ‘dumped up with’ and then fired in quick succession, comedian Donna Stern (Parks and Recreation’s hilarious Jenny Slate) divulges all in a fairly solemn stand-up routine and then ends up drinking, followed by sleeping with a very wholesome chap she meets at the bar. When she realises a few weeks later that she’s pregnant and not ready to be a mother, her close friend Nellie (played by the inimitable Gaby Hoffman) supports her decision to get an abortion but insists it’s unnecessary to tell the unwitting father, something about which Donna is less convinced.

Awarded Best International Feature at this year’s Galway Film Festival, Obvious Child is a superb romantic comedy that offers a refreshing take on a difficult subject matter and brings something new to a genre that’s long been in need of an overhaul.

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