AWFJ Presents: DEAD PIGS – Review by Margaret Barton Fumo

Cathy Yan’s 2018 film Dead Pigs is a dazzling debut ahead of her better-known followup, the blockbuster superhero film Birds of Prey (2020). Dead Pigs premiered at Sundance, where it won a Special Jury Award, but it wasn’t released in the US until February of 2021. It’s a shame the film has received limited exposure because it is a delightful comedy that appeals to a wide audience. There is something to be said for Yan’s ability to incorporate serious, sweeping topics into a lighthearted film. Unbeknownst to the audience from the start of the film, the characters in Dead Pigs are acting in an ensemble, linked together by a rickety family tree.

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