Flesh Out


Flesh Out

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Verida is a modern girl. She works in a beauty salon, is addicted to social media and hangs out with her friends. Still, she is engaged to a man chosen by her family. Like many girls her age, she is under pressure to gain a substantial amount of weight in a tradition called gavage, in order to reach the voluptuous body considered in Mauritania a sign of great beauty, charm, wealth and social status. The wedding is fast approaching and meal after meal Verida is starting to challenge everything she always thought was normal: her loved ones, her way of life, and not least, her own body.


Critic Reviews for Flesh Out

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

  • The film paints a sympathetic portrait of a woman awakening to misogynistic conditioning disguised as cultural convention.

    Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Top Critic
  • Lead actor Deiche, drawing on her own experience, conveys the internal conflict slowly building in Verida, communicating mostly with her expressive eyes.

    Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film elicits both sadness and outrage, framed within the simultaneous, progressively resigned and rebellious inner life of the young protagonist. And that happens to be related personally to the director herself, when gazing in the mirror.

    May 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Flesh Out is strongest when it delves into the complexity of female relationships, weakest when it attempts to provide more narrative arc to a satisfying conclusion.

    Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Occhipinti's film may not be the most fun film at this year's [Tribeca] festival, but it's one of its most though-provoking and certainly one of its best.

    Apr 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • chipinti's film benefits from a strong documentary underpinning - with the lead actress saying that 70 per cent of what occurs is based on her own story at the film's Berlin screening - showing how strong cultural expectations like this can be.

    Feb 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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