Receiving Risa Mickenberg’s script for Egg—premiering this week in Tribeca—director Marianna Palka had an instant, strong reaction to the material, recognizing something that had the potential to be really special.
“David [Alan Basche] and Alysia [Reiner] sent me the script, and I was, I think, 19 pages into the script when I said I wanted to do it, because I realized it was going to change the world. Because it’s so beautiful,” Palka told Deadline this morning in Tribeca, appearing with stars Reiner, Basche, Christina Hendricks and Gbenga Akinnagbe. “It’s about two women and their friends, and it’s such a wonderful time to explore the themes that the movie brings up. I think it was my favorite project I’ve done so far.”
An intimate chamber piece shot with a small cast inside a bohemian loft, Egg centers on the reunion of two artistic couples who get into heavy conversation on the subjects of motherhood and child-rearing. When conceptual artist Tina (Reiner) introduces her eight-months pregnant art school frenemy (Hendricks) to her non-traditional surrogate Kiki (Anna Camp), the truth comes out, with judgment and some increasingly awkward conversation ensuing.
In conversation with Deadline, Good Girls star Hendricks discussed what she admired about the project. “I love watching movies where actors are talking to other actors. I like watching people interact, and I think it’s a beautiful script in that these friends haven’t seen each other for a while, or see each other periodically, but they can say things to one another that somehow, married couples aren’t even saying,” the actress explained. “You’re making this huge decision to bring a human being into the world together, and yet you haven’t communicated or talked about some really important things. You realize that you really have very different ideas about raising this child, and somehow, being with a friend that you haven’t seen in a long time, that long female friendship opens up a lot of conversation that needed to be had earlier.”
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