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Fat People (2009)

Gordos (original title)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio de la Torre ... Enrique
Roberto Enríquez ... Abel
Verónica Sánchez ... Paula
Raúl Arévalo ... Álex
Leticia Herrero ... Sofía
Fernando Albizu ... Andrés
Pilar Castro ... Pilar
María Morales ... Leonor
Adam Jezierski Adam Jezierski ... Luis
Marta Martín Marta Martín ... Nuria
Teté Delgado Teté Delgado ... Beatriz
Roberto Álamo ... Párroco
Seidina Mboup Seidina Mboup ... Cheick (as Seydina Mboup)
Miguel Ortiz Miguel Ortiz ... Jesús
José David Pérez José David Pérez ... Samuel


Abel is a therapist who regularly meets with a handful of clients struggling to deal with the physical and emotional problems of being overweight. Enrique is an actor best known as the spokesman for weight loss product who loses his job now that he is fat again; he is also wrestling with his sexuality when he begins dating Pilar, the wife of his business partner, after identifying as gay most of his life. Sofia is engaged to Alex, a committed Christian who ignores her sexual needs. While Sofia is able to reawaken her fiancée's libido, when she begins losing weight she finds he's most attracted to heavy women. Leonor has turned to food for comfort while her boyfriend is in the States. And Andres is a scientist married to Beatriz; they and their daughter are overweight, while their son is not. And as slender Abel tries to guide his clients to healthier and happier lives, he's forced to confront his own issues with fat people when his wife Paula balloons out during pregnancy. Written by Scanoni

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Pizza. Guilt. Ice Cream. Desire. Chocolate. Fear. Burguer. Family. Popcorn. Alcohol. Sex. Love. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Originally, Álex ended up being fat, but Raúl Arévalo got sick trying to gain weight, so Daniel Sánchez Arévalo came up with another finale to redeem him. See more »


References American Beauty (1999) See more »


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Nutty and nice comedy starred by a great Spanish cast directed by expert comedian filmmaker Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
12 July 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

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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