Pig ★★★★½

I don't necessarily believe that past is an enemy to be fought, but it surely deserves the attention of reconcilliation — you know, for a better and proper closure, and... peace. I've read that Michael Sarnoski's feature debut, Pig subverted expectations of some of its audiences. I felt the similar way too. The latest Nic Cage's films I watched, Mandy and Willy's Wonderland, offered an extremely "mind-altering" depiction of graphic violence, and I was expecting that it'll recur in Pig. But, I was wrong. Sarnoski opened his film with a premise that was full of vengeance, but unlike Mandy, Pig ended up deconstructing its premise into a spiritual journey of humanistic sentiments. A well-done deception, I'm glad to be deceived by this film. I don't find the pig as a pointless red herring, since its disappearance had a big impact for Robin — their short-lived friendship feels warm. As the song "I'm on Fire" starts to play, Pig feels like it was the same all the time, since its establishing shots of the serene nature of sea and forest — beautiful, meditative and reflective. Robin, Cage's role — mostly quiet and calm in his gestures, but sharp in his words (the script was great) — brings his expectating audiences to reflect over the values of life. The mushroom tart, salted baguette, and pigeon et champignon look delicious, by the way.

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