Obvious Child

Gillian Robespierre

Stand-up comedian Donna is dumped by her cheating boyfriend, loses her job, gets blind drunk and becomes pregnant from a one-night stand. She considers an abortion, then gets to know the father. Romance, quirky humour and irresistible characters. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.

Within just a few days, stand-up comedian Donna (27) manages to get rudely dumped by her boyfriend, lose her job and accidentally fall pregnant from a one-night stand. And all this shortly before Valentine's Day. She decides to have an abortion, and then gets to know the father of her unborn child better.
Women - foul-mouthed or well-spoken - who accidentally become pregnant have become a regular feature of film and TV drama since Knocked Up, Juno and the series Girls. However, these pregnancies generally end with a false alarm or the birth of a child. Abortion, a not uncommon event in reality, is still, it seems, too controversial.
In this (secretly pretty romantic) tragicomedy, director and screenwriter Gillian Robespierre tackles the issue head-on with a great deal of humour - including candid revelations about vaginas and a good dose of toilet humour - as well as with a great cast. Jenny Slate in particular excels as the captivating Donna.

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Gillian Robespierre
Production country & year
USA - 2014
83 min
International premiere
Elisabeth Holm
Elisabeth Holm
Screen play
Gillian Robespierre
Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Polly Draper, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind
Chris Teague
Jacob Craycroft, Casey Brooks
Production design
Sara K. White
Chris Bordeaux