In her feature debut, Gillian Robespierre uses humor to overcome the taboo of discussing abortion in the movies. Referencing films such as Knocked Up or Juno, where an unwanted pregnancy ends with acceptance of motherhood, the director told the New York Times, that I was frustrated with how one-sided unplanned pregnancies were shown on screen. These [stories] simply don’t sound real. In Obvious Child the story is realistic and topical: Donna (Jenny Slate, the new muse of independent American film) gets pregnant with a new acquaintance and immediately knows she does not want to keep the baby. Robespierre shows the woman’s romantic trials in a humorous way (sometimes even with “bathroom” humor) without taking away her character’s agency and rebellious intelligence.
Sundance FF 2014 - Red Crown Producer's Award; Newport Beach FF - Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking 2014 - Breakout Performance (Jenny Slate)
She is a born- and-raised New Yorker who graduated from the School of Visual Arts’ Film & Video Program. Obvious Child is her first feature film. She previously wrote and directed several short films, among which a short predecessor of Obvious Child.
2006 Chunk (short)
2008 Beach (short)
2009 Obvious Child (short)
2014 Obvious Child