[ENG-ESP] CERDITA (2022) Bullying, fatphobia and treacherous love



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The most common social problems among us can become so serious that we can hurt others irreversibly. The consequences can be terrible and even lethal, that's why we must stop the harassment that sometimes we even unintentionally encourage.

This Spanish film of the slasher subgenre shows us how bullying can be so traumatic for a person and awaken the worst demons. This form of bullying among high school and elementary school students is still latent and growing, which demonstrates the lack of interest of institutions to effectively solve this problem.

Not only will we see this type of setback in "Piggy", where a girl is bullied for being overweight, but we will also witness the behavior of a bully, and what consequences it will bring for the protagonist to take matters into her own hands.

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Las problemáticas sociales más comunes entre nosotros, pueden convertirse en una gravedad dañina hasta el punto en que podríamos lastimar a otros de manera irreversible. Las consecuencias pueden ser terribles y hasta letales, por eso debemos dar un alto al acoso que a veces hasta sin querer fomentamos.

Esta película española del subgénero slasher nos muestra como el bullyng puede ser tan traumático para una persona y despertar los peores demonios. Esta forma de acoso entre los jóvenes de bachillerato y primaria sigue latente y en crecimiento, lo que demuestra el poco interés de las instituciones por lograr resolver con efectividad este problema.

No solo veremos este tipo de contrariedades en “Cerdita”, donde una chica sufre acoso por sobrepeso, sino que también seremos testigos de como es el comportamiento de un acosador, y qué consecuencias traerá para la protagonista tomar las riendas del asunto.

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Directed and written by Carlota Pereda and starring Laura Galán, this story with a lot of gore and an impossible love tells us the story of a teenager named Sara, who suffers from bullying in her high school by other girls in the school.

Not only is there harassment towards her face to face, but we will also see how they apply Cyberbullying to her, posting photos on social networks about her and her family. A growing hatred is taking over Sara's personality, she is a quiet, shy, and calm girl, who doesn't like to go out much, which is typical of a person who is constantly teased.

I thought the character and the actress's performance were very good, she showed that anger and frustration that she could only lessen by hiding in her room and listening to quiet music. The character's status begins to take a turn when she is introduced to her impossible love; a person she never imagined crossing her path.

While Sara was enjoying a quiet afternoon at a swimming pool, taking advantage of the fact that no one was around, since the shame of showing her body had reduced her to that, the girls who harass her appeared and start assaulting her, then they take her things and she has to go back home in her bathing suit.

Truth be told I imagined much worse things were going to happen, but seeing the actress's signs of anxiety attack seemed so convincing that I couldn't feel anything but remorse.

As she made her way home with what little clothing she had on, she caught a glimpse of someone kidnapping the girls who hurt her. One of them asks for her help, but Sara decides to keep quiet and thank the kidnapper of her stalkers for the gesture. From this point on, the film finds itself in a tense denouement.

I reviewed some reviews that claimed that the protagonist loses her role during this period of the film, and picks it up again until a third of the way through the film, in one part they are right, but the plot is so simple that I don't expect much from it.

Dirigida y escrita por Carlota Pereda y protagonizada por Laura Galán, esta historia con mucho gore y un amor imposible nos relata la historia de una adolescente llamada Sara, que sufre de bullyng en su instituto por parte de otras chicas de la escuela.

No solo está el acoso hacia ella frente a frente, sino que también veremos como le aplican Cyberbullyng, colgando fotos en las redes sociales sobre ella y su familia. Un odio creciente se va apropiando de la personalidad de Sara, quien es una chica tranquila, tímida y callada, a la cual no le gusta salir mucho, lo cual es típico de una persona que es constantemente burlada.

Creo que el personaje y la interpretación de la actriz me parecieron muy buenos, mostraba ese coraje y frustración que solo podía aminorar ocultándose en su cuarto escuchando música tranquila. El estatus del personaje comienza a dar un giro cuando se presenta por primera vez con su amor imposible; una persona con la que jamás imaginó cruzarse por su camino.

Mientras Sara disfrutaba de una tarde tranquila en una piscina, aprovechando de que nadie estaba, ya que la vergüenza de mostrar su cuerpo la había reducido a eso, las chicas que la acosan aparecen y comienzan a agredirla, luego se llevan sus cosas y ella tiene que volver a su casa en traje de baño.

La verdad que imaginaba que iban a ocurrir cosas mucho peores, pero al ver a la actriz signos de ataque de ansiedad me pareció tan convincente que no pude sentir más que remordimiento.

Mientras se dirigía a su casa con la poca ropa que tenía puesta, pudo vislumbrar como alguien secuestraba a las chicas que le hicieron daño. Una de ellas le pide ayuda, pero Sara decide callar y agradecer al secuestrador de sus acosadoras por el gesto. A partir de este momento, la película se encuentra en un desenlace de tensión.

Revisé algunas críticas que aseveraban que la protagonista perdía su papel durante este período de la película, y lo retomaba hasta un tercio de esta, en una parte tienen razón, pero es que la trama es tan simple que no me espero mucho de ella.

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Not much else happens during the film, we simply wait for the heroine to face the villain again, but this time with a different face. There wasn't much that connected me with the main character either, I was more aware of the mistakes that were clearly in the development of the scenes.

Despite all this, I noticed that the actress Laura Galán looked very confident and secure, totally focused on the role of a character with self-esteem problems. In an interview, she stated that she did not feel uncomfortable showing her body, and we can confirm this by watching the film, as she always appeared with little clothing.

However, I found it rather contradictory that an actress in her thirties would play a high school teenager, and were there not younger actresses with voluptuous bodies who could play the role just as well? Not, as the director wanted her, and she was right in some respects, but in others, she was not very convincing.

The plot has some good twists, not mind-blowing, but it also manages humor that made me laugh a bit, along with a bit of padding to get to the expected ending. One as a viewer catches at once what is the reflection in the plot, however, we can't guess what will happen later, the director did a good job in leaving us with some surprises.

No suceden cosas mucho más relevantes durante el filme, simplemente esperamos que la heroína se vuelva a enfrentar al villano, pero esta vez con otra cara. Tampoco hubo mucho que me conectara con el personaje principal, estaba más pendiente de los errores que claramente había en el desarrollo de las escenas.

A pesar de todo esto, pude notar que la actriz Laura Galán se veía muy segura y confiada, totalmente enfocada con papel de un personaje con problemas de autoestima. En una entrevista aseveró que no se sentía incómoda en mostrar su cuerpo, y esto lo podemos confirmar viendo el filme, ya que siempre aparecía con poca ropa.

Sin embargo, me pareció bastante contradictorio que una actriz que sobrepasa los treinta años interpretara a una adolescente de instituto, ¿acaso no había actrices más jóvenes con cuerpos voluptuosos que pudieran interpretar el papel igual de bien? Tal parece que no, pues la directora la quería a ella, y tuvo razón en algunos aspectos, pero en otros no fue muy convincente.

La trama tiene algunos buenos giros, tampoco son para volarte la cabeza, también maneja un humor que me hizo sacar algunas risas, junto con un poco de relleno para poder llegar al final esperado. Uno como espectador capta de una vez cuál es la reflexión en la trama, sin embargo, no podemos adivinar lo que sucederá más adelante, la directora hizo un buen trabajo en dejarnos algunas sorpresas.

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I found the theme of impossible love within the plot a bit amusing. Maybe we've all had a toxic and unhealthy relationship at one time or another, but when we realize how damaging it is, we turn around and run away or confront it. Here we will find the final girl's fight against the antagonist, typical of slashers, but this time it's not starring a slim, sexy girl, who was very lucky to steal the villain's heart.

To conclude, I think 'Piggy' is an entertaining movie, it has clear mistakes and a too simple plot, which unnecessarily extends to not give it a quick closure, however, it leaves as a teaching a reflection on what can cause the bullying in people suffered by it. It's not a masterpiece, but it has decent direction and the story is good. It has its pros and cons, but that doesn't take away from the good job it does in leaving us with an important message in a very sanguine way.

El tema del amor imposible dentro de la trama me pareció un poco divertido. Quizás todos hemos tenido alguna vez una relación tóxica y enfermiza, pero al darnos cuenta de lo dañina que es, damos la vuelta y huimos o la enfrentamos. Aquí encontraremos la lucha de la chica final contra el antagonista, típica de los slashers, pero esta vez no es protagonizado por una chica delgada y sexy, que tuvo mucha suerte de robarle el corazón al villano.

Para terminar, pienso que ‘Cerdita’ es una película entretenida, tiene claros errores y una trama demasiado simple, que innecesariamente se extienden para no darle un cierre rápido, sin embargo, deja como enseñanza una reflexión sobre lo que puede causar el bullyng en las personas sufridas por él. No es una obra maestra, pero tiene una dirección decente y la historia es buena. Tiene sus pros y sus contras, pero eso no quita el buen trabajo que hace al dejarnos un mensaje importante de manera muy sanguinaria.

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I quite liked the movie, the actress is very nice, I also saw some interviews, here it doesn't matter the age, she makes a good interpretation and maybe someone more mature and self-confident was needed for those scenes where she is not afraid to show her physique, which will be criticized by many.

The movie has flaws, but that reminded me of the American horror movies of the seventies, which many are now referents and icons of horror. For example The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has a lot of mistakes in its scenes, the low budget was noticeable, etc, but even so it still impresses and is a classic. Many other horror movies were a success despite having many mistakes, continuity flaws, crappy effects, etc. I prefer that kind of movies, they have a certain charm for me.

If I'm being honest I didn't like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it's one of my least favorite slashers. It's okay to enjoy some scenes, the most morbid ones in fact, but not the whole movie.

The age of the actress playing the role of a teenager may not matter, but it is quite noticeable for the plot. What I liked the most is the way they used this social problem is a good story with an undercurrent of revenge and guilt, where the heroine proves that she is not an evil person in reality.

You are right, many movies have mistakes and sometimes they are absurd, some of them make me laugh actually, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the movie.

I've been wanting to see this movie, in fact I have it checked on my list, but I haven't decided because of the gore, I'm not a big fan of gory scenes. However, it has caught my attention, one for being from Spanish cinema, and another, for the central issue it tackles. I think I'm going to give it a chance.

Check it out, it's a lot of fun, the gore thing isn't that strong, plus the rest of the story is good, and it has a good ending too.

Woah this is the first time I am hearing about this film. It sounds like a movie with a unique storyline to say the least. It's clear that more and more writers are getting creative with their stories rather than just recycling the same thing. I just saw two trailers of the film and it looks quite different. I'm not really a slasher fan but this one looks like it has a little bit of psychological horror in it. I may just check it out. Maybe I'd like it too.

Great review!