Ninjababy review – raunchily frank Norwegian pregnancy drama
A young woman is forced to grow up fast in this subversive comedy
Astronaut, beer-taster, comic artist – these are just some of the things Rakel aspires to be. Mother is not on the list, so it’s a shock when the 23-year-old graphic design dropout (Kristine Kujath Thorp) discovers she is six-and-a-half months pregnant. According to her doctor, not everyone gets the belly. Rakel doodles her unborn baby wearing a Zorro mask, nicknaming it Ninjababy after its stealthy arrival.
Directed by the Norwegian film-maker Yngvild Sve Flikke and based on Inga Sætre’s graphic novel Fallteknikk, this witty comedy is interspersed with Sætre’s rude, funny, David Shrigley-esque animations. Any tweeness is tempered by the film’s raunchy sense of humour and frank attitude towards poo, piss and periods.