In this explosive comedy of manners from indie darling director Marianna Palka, two old friends and their husbands clash over conflicting ideas of motherhood and family while trying to reconnect at a dinner party.
Karen (Christina Hendricks), a stay-at-home wife who is many months pregnant, arrives with her wealthy husband Don (David Alan Basche) at an artist loft in a crumbling New York neighborhood to have dinner with Tina (Alysia Reiner, who also produces), a longtime art-school friend with whom she’s lost touch. After some awkward introductory banter cementing these couples as mismatched, Tina, who is now a successful contemporary artist, and her nurturing out-of-work husband Wayne (Gbenga Akinnagbe), reveal they too are having a baby – however their pregnancy involves a surrogate (Anna Camp) and will be presented as part of Tina’s latest art exhibit. Thus begins a complicated moral battle of wits over the nature of love, family, and identity with no easy answers. Utilizing a signature skill to challenge relationship norms by applying fantastical elements to grounded characters with expert ease, filmmaker Marianna Palka (director of BITCH and GOOD DICK) balances an avalanche of emotional weight with elegant control, deftly exploring the spaces between the walls of human interaction that bubble under the surface of polite conversation to reveal the uncomfortable truths buried within.
CAST: Christina Hendricks, Alysia Reiner, Anna Camp, David Alan Basche
In Competition: Pinkenson Award
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