when pigs have wings

when pigs have wings

At a time that will never come to pass. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) Bob: "If we could just get Democrats and Republicans to agree on a tax reform bill, we could bring the deficit down in no time." Dave: "Sure, when pigs have wings!"
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Neither kosher nor halal, the unusual catch of a Palestinian fisherman is the source of quite a few chuckles in the Euro-financed, Gaza-set "When Pigs Have Wings." French novelist-turned-director Sylvain Estibal's first feature lacks, somewhat ironically, a clear dramatic structure, though a humanistic perf from thesp Sasson Gabay ("The Band's Visit") and a combo of gentle situational comedy and light sociopolitical critique partially compensate for the story's tendency to ramble.
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