International festival darling NASTY BABY starts as a funny traipse through the lives of a group of coddled inner-city hipsters. Sebastian Silva himself takes centre-stage as Freddy, a Chilean artist in New York who lives with his carpenter boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe). Freddy tries to conceive a child with best friend Polly (Kristen Wiig) but discovers his sperm is not viable. That leaves two options: Freddy’s adorable yet immature younger brother, Chino (Agustin Silva), or the shy yet eminently reasonable Mo. They soon learn not everyone has such a progressive outlook on family life. Both Mo and Freddy have issues convincing their families to accept their life choices. Even “The Bishop”—a local mentally ill man (Reg E. Cathey) who the lead characters do not know how to deal with--has a dissenting opinion about their quest for a child. Thus begins a feud of the likes only ill suited neighbors can breed.
When the trio’s self-absorption is thrown akimbo by an ethical challenge, the baby narrative takes an unexpected turn. What kind of people are these characters? What might they be capable of doing? Silva sticks it to a comfortable, complacent and presumably morally liberal audience with his finale and twists the knife, to thought-provoking ends.