Jill Soloway's first directorial project might just be required viewing for 2013.
Director Jill Soloway, known for her quirky and clever comedy, offers up a brand new one this year – Afternoon Delight. The film tells the story of Rachel, a stay-at-home mother, who has fallen victim to the inanity of suburbia. After visiting a strip club on a friend’s whim, Rachel meets McKenna – a 19-year-old stripper and “full-service sex worker.”
One woman has her life changed by a chance encounter with a sex worker.
Fate interjects and the two women’s paths cross again, leading Rachel to all but adopt McKenna – the suburban housewife takes in her new friend and gives her a job as a nanny, all in an attempt to help the young’un to get back on her feet. But McKenna’s presence in the house begins to create tension between Rachel and her husband and, as you may have guessed, trouble isn’t far behind. All this leads Jeff to question whether it isn’t Rachel, who might need some help herself.
Besides being written by Soloway, Afternoon Delight is also her directorial debut, but the trailer shows an unexpected amount of wit and the kind of female-driven comedy we’ve come to expect from the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The movie has already won some critical praise.
Soloway is a Primetime Emmy nominee herself and the movie won a Directing Award at 2013 Sundance Film Festival, as well as a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. The film stars Kathryn Hahn as Rachel, Juno Temple as McKenna and, as an added bonus for How I Met Your Mother fans, Josh Radnor in the role of Jeff.
The cast seems perfect for this type of film.