Abigaëlle is an intimate portrait of a teenager navigating his romantic longings vis-à-vis his weight issues. Somberly photographed, the film juxtaposes the private space of an immigrant household with the public space of a predominantly white high school, while weighing in on issues such as adolescent alienation, capitalism, desire, and violence. The shocking ending subverts expectations in a way that is equally absurd and heartbreaking.

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