From time to time, in order not to take away the pleasure of the surprise, of a film it is advisable not to even watch the trailer. For Pig, on the other hand, the new film with Nicolas Cage, we advise you to watch the trailer.
Because in this way the film will surprise you even more and it will do it not only for how different it is from what was suggested, but it will amaze you even more for how the narration in its course takes a completely different path from what we would continually expect. Pig is in fact a truly original film and also offers Cage the possibility of a splendid interpretation (we are in the area of films like Joe or Snowden), truly felt albeit minimal, in which even the gestures make sense (you will notice the start and then you will understand why).
We are in the thick of an Oregon forest, where a man lives secluded, without the slightest comfort, in a wooden house. As his only friend he has a pig, a Vietnamese female who rooting around him happily accompanying him on his rounds in the woods. The pig has a special gift, it identifies with excellent skill the biggest and tastiest truffles found in the ground and this peculiarity is made use of by the man (who we will discover his name is Rob), who exchanges the precious tubers with some kind of basic necessity. .
In fact, Amir (Alex Wolff) arrives every week from nearby Portland, a young boy in a yellow Camaro who thinks he’s in an episode of Miami Vice. One bad day, however, Rob is attacked and the pig kidnapped. Someone is obviously interested in his particular ability, which in the local market of elite food hunters for restaurateurs looking for Michelin stars, is worth a fortune.
Rob of whom we know nothing, who could be a veteran of some war, a former killer in search of redemption, a man devastated by who knows what grief or failure, decides to break his isolation and return to that city from which he left 15 years earlier. For a minimum of support he can only resort to Amir, who is initially reluctant and arrogant, then increasingly intrigued by the figure of the mysterious old man, whose authoritative past he begins to discover. But in what field we cannot say, because it would be a serious spoiler, which would take away the pleasure from the progress of history.
In an undergrowth on the verge of legality, in which ambiguous even if respectable characters move, we will find ourselves talking about violence, but not the banal, physical, pain and loneliness and the unique ability that the human being has to remain vulnerable. even just from the shadow of a memory more than from any physical injury. For the soundtrack, classical music mixed with indie brandi and a wonderful close on a classic hit.
Pig is written and directed by Michael Sarnosky and is far more than a “revenge movie” as it is sold. At every turn, the film promises to slip into well-known canons and every time it deviates from it, always provoking curiosity about where you intend to go, what speech you are making and what you want to communicate in the end. And it will be a very different speech than expected, as we said at the beginning, which will make a truly original film remain in the memory, of which it is worth listening to even the sounds on the end credits and a couple of eccentric final thanks.
We are all different, we hide different pains, we have had wounds that we have buried in different places in the depths of our hearts, camouflaging them (sublimating them) under layers of different nature, thirst for power, ambition, arrogance, or even rejection of our own kind, why not we recognize ourselves in no one anymore. But in a different place for everyone, there is the passage that will lead to the heart forever. Pig is a story about pain, its power and the strength of memories, father-son relationships and how much you can leave as a legacy, a cross-section of the unknown world of rare food suppliers and their star-studded buyers. Not bad in short, for a film that was sold as a John Wick with a pig.
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