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Yan Wong's Reviews
Pig is a directorial feature debut with arguably one of the best performances by Nicolas Cage to date with a surprisingly profound message.
This movie was expected to have a revenge plot rich in action scenes. I have seen it described as ‘John Wick with a pig,’ but it turned out to be an incredibly touching story about loss and grief.
The premise of a lonely truffle farmer (Nicolas Cage) going on a quest to retrieve his abducted truffle pig is simple enough. Along the way, we learn about his past in the highbrow culinary industry of Portland and watch his relationship to his slightly eccentric regular client (Alex Wolff), who accompanies and helps him, fluctuate and grow. The film also delivers a touching commentary on passion, talent and the capitalization of any craft.
The use of sound, the focus on hands throughout the movie, its artful imagery, and other details make for a beautifully told story. The elements of friendship, the father-son relationship and the depiction of loss and trauma show how well crafted the characters are.
Nicolas Cage’s character, Rob, is unkempt and not very concerned for his appearance. In fact, he doesn’t really care for anything other than his beloved truffle pig and his quiet life in the woods. This is in stark contrast to the opulent lifestyles and manners of the luxury chefs in the city. Rob is not there for revenge, he just wants his companion back and he refuses to accept the possibility of replacing his pig, because it is not about the truffles.
The film is very well paced and builds to an emotional finale that shows us how the mentality of letting yourself care about the little things and feel love and loss is worth so much more than selling your skill, and your craft for success.
Pig is an unexpectedly wonderful film that had me bawling my eyes out while the end credits rolled.
10 out of 10