Pig (2021)
July 21, 2021 7:03 AM - Subscribe

Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, a truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved pig and goes on a cat-and-mouse run along the shore.

I was surprised by this one, even knowing that the trailer makes this seem like a bit more of a John Wick/Taken/Oldboy-esque middle-aged man revenge thriller than it turns out to be. I hope that folks who have a purely meme-based understanding of Nic Cage see this and get a deeper appreciation for his range as an actor.
posted by Strange Interlude (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Atlantic: The Highbrow Return of Nicolas Cage
On the basis of its advertising, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the indie film Pig is nothing more than the latest over-the-top entry in Nicolas Cage’s bewildering Hollywood career. He’s developed from promising young talent to Oscar winner to action star to, well, living meme. In this latest work, he’s a shambling, shaggy-haired farmer whose truffle pig is abducted; the trailer makes him out to be some Old MacDonald John Wick, a hirsute avatar of vengeance bursting in on the criminal underworld and grumbling, “Where’s my pig?”

Vox: Pig invites fans of Nic Cage, the meme, to rediscover Nic Cage, the movie star.
Judging from those trailer reactions, Pig is not the movie most people expect. It is pensive and broody, mixing a grizzled and frequently silent Cage with sensuous sequences of high-end food preparation. It is partly a film about the not-quite-seedy underbelly of Portland’s gourmet food scene, but more fundamentally, it’s a poetic and introspective odyssey, probing the way loss, memory, longing, and love are twined together with our senses. (There is also some punching.)
posted by ActingTheGoat at 10:10 AM on July 21 [1 favorite]


If you prefer your truffle stories Cage-free, there was a recent documentary called The Truffle Hunters that was well-received (I couldn't watch it because, while it's treated briefly and respectfully, a dog does die).
posted by praemunire at 12:05 PM on July 21 [1 favorite]


I hope that folks who have a purely meme-based understanding of Nic Cage see this and get a deeper appreciation for his range as an actor.

Sadly, this may not be the case - the last time I saw a movie they had a trailer for PIG in the previews, and everyone else around me in the audience burst out laughing at the meme-ish moments. I wanted to yell at them because the REST of the preview (which I'd seen online previously) looks lovely.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:31 AM on July 22


I thought this was astonishingly lovely. It has the best “eating a madeleine” moment I think I’ve ever seen in a film, made even more poignant by the slow telegraphing of what Rob is preparing to do. It’s about grief and ultimately perseverance, and I wasn’t expecting any of this from the trailer.

I think some of the nuances will be read as played for laughs, but this movie couldn’t have been made by someone who doesn’t truly love food, and who sees the professional kitchen as a place not just of conflict, but as a fount of love and spiritual home.

The closing credits soundtracked by forest sounds led the dozen people in the theater with me to start asking after a closing credits scene. Geez people just enjoy a movie sometime, it doesn’t all have to be “content”.
posted by hototogisu at 4:56 PM on July 23 [2 favorites]


My favorite of the year so far. The scene where he forces his former associate to remember his original dream of opening a pub and come to terms with how artificial his life is was a real stand-out, but I really loved everything about it. I also went into expecting Nic Wick, and I'm so glad that's not at all what this movie is. Just pure and thoughtful and beautiful.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:01 PM on July 24 [2 favorites]


the last time I saw a movie they had a trailer for PIG in the previews, and everyone else around me in the audience burst out laughing at the meme-ish moments.

I did, too. There are consequences for having a long history of playing characters with misguided intensity in terrible, terrible movies.
posted by praemunire at 9:58 AM on July 25


Mod note: Couple comments removed. Let's aim to have FanFare be about talking about stuff you've seen and not so much about griping about either things you haven't or one another.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:02 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]


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