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Dead Pigs casts a sharp critical and satirical eye toward late-stage capitalism in China and the world beyond, establishing writer-director Cathy Yan as a filmmaker to watch. Read critic reviews

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The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai in Cathy Yan's (BIRDS OF PREY) debut feature.

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  • Yan fashions a quirky, engaging and feisty tale that unites the plights of kooky characters coping with an ever-changing city, country and culture. It's quite the ride.

    February 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Dead Pigs delivers a story that is thought-provoking, decadently stylish, sprightly poignant, and joltingly funny.

    February 19, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Some directors look on the loneliness and soullessness of modern life and despair. Cathy Yan giggles.

    February 19, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Yan's debut as a writer/director is a mostly sturdily constructed, and deftly edited, series of 'meanwhiles,' a sprawling narrative of loosely and closely connected people whose lives intertwine in a variety of ways.

    February 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Dead Pigs's intermingling of grit and polish is hugely satisfying: a potent combination of pearls and swine.

    February 11, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a tonal wild ride with eccentric characters, neon-lit settings and elaborately absurd detours. Unfortunately, the ripped-from-the-headlines meat of "Dead Pigs" gets lost in these affectations.

    February 11, 2021 | Full Review…

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