Sundance Review: Piggy is a smart commentary on bullying and body shaming.

An overweight teen is bullied by a clique of cool girls poolside while holidaying in her village. The long walk home will change the rest of her life.

I was prepared for Piggy to be yet another “victim of bullying gets revenge” movie that we have seen so many times at this point, however takes that concept and actually does something different with it. The film surprisingly ends up being a very good commentary on bullying and body shaming, it isn’t just one or two scenes that talk about these heavy subjects there’s quite a lot of discussion in the film. The film also questions mortality on both sides, which is definitely something completely different from a lot of other films like Piggy. Laura Galán does such a fantastic job as Sara, she really brings so much to her role and adds a lot to the character! Piggy is a french horror film (well and Spanish too) so you know what that means…lots of gore! Which the gore is really great, there might not be as much gore as there are in a lot of other french horror films. Piggy focuses much more on story and Sara’s life, but the build up is absolutely worth the wait. What makes Piggy successful is the character study type feel it does for Sara, we learn so much about her and what she’s been through. It all builds up to a very strong final act that ends the film on a very high note, the questioning of mortality is definitely one of the strongest parts about the film. Although the film does follow Sara it does question some of the decisions she’s made as well as the bullies as well. It’s a perfect balance that adds so much to a film that could have easily been nothing new.

Piggy currently has no release date.

9/10 A

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