Pig ★★★★

"We don't get a lot of things to really care about."

'PIG' is an odd, offbeat, and alluringly sublime exploration of grief, or recovery, or something. Unpredictable and committed to committing to nothing, Michael Sarnoski’s drama-thriller is more drama than thriller, a rambling journey that shimmies between grounded sentiment and otherworldly splendor, for better or for worse.

This is a slow burn that takes its time to dole out information about the plot and characters, but always with a purpose. The film aims to draw a parallel between the pace of the story and its subject. Besides allowing the filmmakers to saturate the audience with beautiful scenery, (rendered all the more serene by masterful cinematography) this choice to slow roll information mirrors the central theme of the story.

Hidden amongst Cage’s performance in each tiny mannerism and every word is his overwhelming sense of grief. It isn’t immediately clear why he is hurting, but it’s clear it left him reeling: away from people, his livelihood, and the world. What Rob learns throughout the film is not how to relieve grief, but rather how to live with it. This is communicated expertly through not only the characters’ dialogue but also within Cage’s performance.

It is rare a filmmaker comes out with a debut film that is so stylistically defined, with a voice so fully formed. Sarnoski takes cues from neo-realist films to create characters and a story you’ll not soon forget. Pig, a movie that demands to be experienced not explained

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