Shiva Baby ★★★★

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Even at just 77 minutes long, Shiva Baby has anxiety to spare, with chaotic narrative developments spearheaded by a killer ensemble cast. This script feels workshopped to death in the best possible way - every groan-worthy, awkward conversation built up to a fever pitch, not to mention how Emma Seligman explores the geography of this cramped funeral service. Best scene: a simple extended gag of the characters all trying to fit in one car. Perfectly calibrated humor and tension. Could do without the annoying score, which attempts to contribute to the uneasiness even though it's never necessary. This movie is already as stressed and agitated as can be.