‘Afternoon Delight” is one of those ex post facto releases in Japan that arrives riding the wake of another hit. It won a best director award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, but is only now getting released because writer-director Jill Soloway and actress Kathryn Hahn are in the spotlight for “Transparent,” their hit series on Amazon.

First things first: Despite being billed as a comedy about a bored upper-middle-class housewife befriending a stripper, “Afternoon Delight” is as angst-ridden as it is funny, closer to the bittersweet vibe of a “mumblecore” film than the gals-behaving-badly humor of “Bridesmaids.” Also, though it takes its name from a cheesy 1970s pop song (by Starland Vocal Band), “Afternoon Delight” is not retro but set in modern-day LA.

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