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Viva 2011: Gordos (Fat People) review

Daniel Sánchez Arévalo's Gordos (Fat People) is a great film, but not because it resists the easy joke or gross-out gag. It embraces them, and turns what could have been a simple comedy drama - why do people end up overweight? What might they do about it? - into something far deeper and more affecting in the process. It's still an obvious commercial film, with some predictable plot beats. It's too long, and it can't keep the quality up all the way through the ending. Still, it's a laudably adult production, earthy, smutty and raw yet witty, intelligent and deeply, deeply moving with it.While there's a framing device that bookends each act, the story properly gets started when a group of overweight people visit a...

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