14A, violence, coarse language.
Dir: Michael Sarnoski, USA, 2021, 92 min.
Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin, Nina Belforte.
”If there’s one thing Nicolas Cage could always be relied on to deliver, it’s unpredictability… Cage’s newest film, Pig is a drama about a misanthropic former chef named Robin who lives in the woods of the Pacific Northwest with no friends, phone or shower, and who – after his prized truffle pig is stolen – leaves his run-down shack for the upscale foodie subculture of downtown Portland in which he was once a superstar. He has one mission: to retrieve the missing animal… In this strangely moving little film Cage reins in the tendency to overdo things, delivering a soulful performance of unexpected depth and quiet beauty. It’s his best work since the underrated Joe, from 2014, and a reminder what the actor is capable of… Robin’s quest peels away, like an onion, the layers of a backstory involving painful loss, and a relationship with the pig that transcends the animal’s skills… Sarnoski is aided in telling this story – which also involves other characters who have experienced loss – by a strong cast… There’s a paradox at the heart of Pig that, rather than weakening the story, lends it strength. It has everything to do with Cage himself, who has always been at the top of his game when he plays against the volcanic emotions inside his character, rather than indulging them.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post