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Piggies (2009)
"Swinki" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  10 June 2010 (Germany)
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Tomek is 14 and a good student. He's interested in astronomy and plays football to please his father. The only thing is, he lives in a poor little border town plagued by unemployment, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Filip Garbacz ...
Tomek
Bogdan Koca ...
Tomek's Father
Dorota Wierzbicka-Matarelli ...
Tomek's Mother (as Dorota Wierzbicka)
Piotr Jagielski ...
Antek
Rolf Hoppe ...
Weber
Marek Kalita ...
Priest
Katarzyna Pyszynska ...
Agata - Tomek's Sister
Tomasz Tyndyk ...
Borys
Roman Leus ...
Goalkeeper
Anna Kulej ...
Marta
Anna Kózka ...
Kaska
Ewelina Bogdanowicz ...
Baska
Dorota Ignatjew ...
Ciemny's Mother
Marcin Sitek ...
Arek
Miroslaw Kropielnicki ...
Sparagus Salesman
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Tomek is 14 and a good student. He's interested in astronomy and plays football to please his father. The only thing is, he lives in a poor little border town plagued by unemployment, whereas across the river lies Germany with all its relative affluence. Tomek meets Marta at a disco and falls in love with her. He starts to think up ways of earning money in order to keep her interested. He approaches a pimp who seeks out local boys for his German clients. Tomek has no idea of the brutal fate which awaits him. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Good, but not excellent
4 October 2009 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

The topic of child prostitution is one of the hardest to grasp on the camera and my admiration goes to every director who has taken a shot at the topic so far.

Swinki is a surprising portrayal of the industry and has a take on the subject which, unlike in other movies, shows the kids voluntarily slip in the industry for money and keep coming back for more before they discover it might be too late to leave.

The film portrays this development accordingly, with the young actors presenting just the right amount of professionalism and amateurism needed for their characters to be believable. The plot is easy to follow with several surprising and shocking moments that let you peak in how far things can go.

However, having said all that, I felt a topic such as this has much more potential to study in more depth than those Glinski shows on screen.

When compared to Lilja-4ever, a film which is one of those films that you will never forget and one of the best ones I've seen on the subject, Swinki is a only a nicely told tale with a good structure that is somehow afraid to dig deeper and show more layers to this horrible issue happening in our world every single day.


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