Skip to main content

NATURAL SELECTION

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Robbie Pickering

NATURAL SELECTION

"It is hard not to love this film. A pitchperfect satire of marriage and morality, a perversely satisfying romance... and, above all, the best sort of comedy." - New York Magazine

When childless, devout Christian Abe suffers a stroke while making a 'donation' at a sperm bank, his long-suffering wife Linda (Rachael Harris) discovers that Abe has been a weekly sperm bank regular for more than 20 years. Distraught, Linda tracks down Abe's previously unknown son Raymond, a drug-addled, foul-mouthed Florida prison escapee, who agrees to travel with Linda back to Texas - although unbeknownst to her he has the police hot on his tail.

Winner of seven awards at SXSW, including the Grand Jury and Audience Awards.

"What happens in their hatchback over the next three days is a brilliantly realised bit of scripting and playing... A moving and often extremely funny road trip." - Guardian

D/S Robbie Pickering P Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen, Nicole Ettinger TD HD Cam/2011

See also...

CEDAR RAPIDS

“A wistful, equally tender and raunchy comedy of self-discovery… the jokes sing as well as zing.” - New York Times ... Tim Lippe (The Hangover's Ed Helms) is a naive 34-year-old insurance ... More »

DARK HORSE

“Solondz's most waywardly endearing film - his gentlest triumph.” - Time ... In a suburban world where every character knows their true value in the social order, 35-year-old man-child Abe ... More »

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Wes Anderson returns with a tale of inclement weather, off-kilter community and (very) young love. ... It's the 1960s and on a small island off the coast of New England, eccentric 12-year-olds Sam ... More »

ROBOT AND FRANK

“The kind of comedy that could well inspire love.” - Variety ... First-time filmmaker Jake Schreier comes up with a bona fide crowd pleaser in this heartwarming parable on technology and how it's ... More »

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

“Whit Stillman's whimsical campus comedy is an utter delight.” - Variety ... Violet (Greta Gerwig) is a sweet-natured, eccentric sophomore at a recently co-ed New England campus. Along with her ... More »

JESS + MOSS

The preciousness of youth and all of its disasters. ... Jess, 18, and Moss, 12, spend a lazy summer together on a derelict farm in rural Kentucky. With their families strangely absent, the pair ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director