Similar to Lena Dunham's aforementioned examination of the angst experienced and shared between a group of young intellectual women toppling headfirst towards happiness, Robespierre's film is a thoughtful depiction of a still taboo subject that's continually shied away from in popular culture. Expanding the story from its original roots allows the writer-director to open up the conversation and invite a wider response, something aided by a biting and self-deprecating sense of humour.
Using comedy as a go-to outlet for purging her thoughts, fears and desires - albeit with a painfully honest, sexually frank bent - Donna is by turns charming and risqué, a Sarah Silverman-esque millennial caught in the mire of an indifferent city, excellently played by the instantly likable Slate. Equally engaging and identifiable are the representations of the both financial and personal concerns young people face in the gloomy period after the 2008 collapse, a time where growing up seems like a constant uphill battle. Though it's more gently humorous than all-out funny, Obvious Child is a charismatic indie dramedy that should nevertheless be praised for sticking to its progressive sensibilities and outlooks whilst refraining from giving in to genre tropes and narrative stereotypes, however clichéd it occasionally appears.
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