Tribeca 2019 Film Review: “Peggy” (2018) ★★★★

© Alchemy Set 2018

What does the perfect life mean? It’s when life is full of joy when nothing can disrupt the ideal environment full of people that have everything they can afford – a big house with a grand backyard to throw the biggest party in the neighborhood, loving spouse, a little child who can inherit all the wealth one day. However, as you know, there’s always something hidden going on, something that can question a calm life, looking into it through the prism, like a hurricane no one would ever want to get caught in.

Written and directed by Justin O`Neal Miller, “Peggy” follows its extravagant titular character who is getting ready to throw a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. As the guests are about to arrive, each and every one of them either envies her beauty, the big house or just her happy look. However, before they enter her house, all of them put a happy mask on their face to not show their true feelings for her. Knowing what she likes and what she does not, the attentive guests do the opposite, their own way of telling that they give no damn about her by presenting gifts to her son that, believe or not, will all end up in the garbage bin. But Peggy would not be Peggy if she doesn’t have the last word and nobody will be prepared for that.

The juicy part of this wonderfully made short film, apart from its hilarious and so close to life concept, is the exceptional cast, trust me you would want to watch all day and all night, and even in between. The interpretation of the characters they portrayed, the depth of them is golden. Sarah Blackman as Peggy and Josh Warren as Smidge, Peggy’s husband, are the modern version of Stepford Wives; there are so many dark and sinister thoughts inside but above the surface is nothing but pure colorful lies. If you remove that color, it will all become plain black-and-white – there are tears hiding behind joyful eyes, and those who pretend to be kind and living a fulfilled life all the time feel too cold in winters due to the lack of warm memories that are replaced with the icy and pretentious reality, which “Peggy” is all about.

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