Fat People (2009)

  |  Comedy, Drama

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Follows the excesses and deprivation of life. Complexes, phobias, obsessions, traumas, fears, sex are aired in a group therapy against obesity.


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12 July 2016 | ma-cortes
| Nutty and nice comedy starred by a great Spanish cast directed by expert comedian filmmaker Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo's Gordos (Fat People) is another funny Dramedy romp , it is a bemusing story that contains lots of humor , entertainment and brief touches of drama . While there's a framing device that bookends each act , the story properly gets started when a group of overweight people visit a therapy consulting room ; involving some patients (Antonio De La Torre , Raúl Arévalo , Leticia Herrero , Fernando Albizu) and their therapist (Roberto Enriquez), following the excesses and deprivation of life . It deals with problems ensue on a lot of fat people and regarding their survival in the widest and "largest" sense of the word . Concerning about insecurities , complexes , phobias , obsessions, traumas , mistakes , fears , blame, desires, hopes , challenges , concessions, goals, relationships, love, sex, health, family and sex are aired in a group therapy against obesity.

GORDOS" is a comedy about life's excesses and deficiencies ; packing emotion , laughs , love stories and philosophy . Fun and uplifting Spanish romantic comedy with crazy events , entertainment and absurd situations . Being original and compellingly written by screen-writer and filmmaker Daniel Sanchez Arévalo , though being inferior to other films directed by him . ¨Fat people¨ is a decent 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 into something far deeper and more affecting in the process . This agreeable film packs amusement , comical situations , tongue-in-cheek , surrealist comedy including conventional pitfalls and many other things . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly cool . This is a fast crazy movie about the close relationships among sweetheart couples with a lot of fun situations , antics , bemusement and a bunch of very hilarious roles . 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 . This is a slightly funny film with entertaining events , giggles , emotion , profanities and romances . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few ridiculous . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , bad taste , and adult scenes , including a lot of intercourse . This is a special Spanish comedy from the 2000s with the usual ingredients such as wild humor topped with a little bit of original touches here and there and the tone of the film is light-hearted . It's an attractive , moving film , perfectly acted and concerning the narration about the relationships among some peculiar patients and their spouses , children , fiancée , fiancé , brides and , in addition , a particular relation between a therapist and his pregnant wife.

The choral cast is pretty well , giving enticing performances such as Roberto Enriquez as a therapist who regularly meets with a handful of clients struggling to deal with the physical and emotional problems of being overweight , Antonio De La Torre as an actor best known as the spokesman for weight loss product who loses his job now that he is fat again and Raul Arévalo as a committed Christian who ignores her sexual needs . Arévalo got sick trying to gain weight, so Daniel Sánchez Arévalo came up with another finale to redeem him . Other important actors who appear in the film are the followings : Verónica Sánchez , Fernando Albizu , Pilar Castro , Leticia Herrero , Adam Jezierski , Teté Delgado , Roberto Álamo and Pepa Arniote . Colorful cinematography by Juan Carlos Gomez , Daniel Sánchez Arevalo's usual cameraman . Atmospheric and charming musical score by by Parcal Gaigne , an expert composer who has composed and conducted a lot of scores such as ¨Mensaka¨ , ¨Dream of Light¨ , ¨Silencio Roto¨ , ¨Piedras¨, ¨Azuloscurocasinegro¨ , ¨Loreal¨ or ¨Flowers¨ and many others .

The motion picture was well produced by José Antonio Félez and nicely directed by Daniel Arévalo . Production took over 11 months because the movie was shot in chronological order and the actors had to gain and lose weight . Daniel Sánchez Arevalo tries to mix genres ranging from romantic comedy to drama with some offbeat touches . Daniel Sánchez Arévalo was born on 1970 in Madrid, and being son of Jose Ramon Sánchez , a prestigious artist , drawer and painter . His fetish actor turns out to be Quim Gutiérrez . He is a good writer, and filmmaker , known for ¨Azuloscurocasinegro¨ (2006), ¨Gordos¨ (2009) and ¨Primos¨ at his best . His last film turns out to be ¨La Gran Familia Española¨ or "Family United" (2013) , it is plenty of emotional and family feeling in which solidarity triumphs and humor despite the blackness . ¨Fats¨ Rating : Passable and acceptable 5.5/10 . Well worth watching

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