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R.             92 min


 I'm really not a huge fan of spoiler alerts but I feel one is necessary in this case just because the situations are so odd that a good portion of the enjoyment of the movie will be unearthing each of the clues like a pig finds a truffle. ;)


Searching for something worthwhile for this issue I stumbled across PIG. It was playing at the Cedar Lee, and though I love the Cedar Lee, often some of their offbeat offerings don't make it to the rest of the theaters.  Actually PIG did at one of my favorites the Cinemark Bistro in North Canton. All we know from the trailers is that Nicolas Cage is a hermit who survives by searching out truffles in the wilds of Oregon with his companion pig. Every Thursday a young man comes to visit and purchases the week's roundup. (I did a little research and found that good quality truffles sell for somewhere in the ballpark of $400 a pound) We also know that pig will be kidnapped.  

That is the nuts and bolts of the plot but the real meaning of the film lies in the subsequent search for the pig and the reasons she was taken. Even more importantly the dynamic between Rob the young man and the young man's father. If that sounds like a strange setup for a moving picture, yes, it most certainly is. The temptation is there to write off the entire project as pretension but the more you watch, the more that is revealed the more it becomes a truly striking piece of work.  The 3 main characters are Rob (Cage) was once the greatest chef in America, Darius (Adam Arkin)his ex friend business partner and student and Amir (Alex Wolff) ,  Darius’ nearly estranged son.  The relationship among the 3 men includes elements of resentment, disappointment and love though everything is filtered through the prism of grief.  For Rob it’s the death of his wife and for Darius and Alex the impending death of wife and mother.  

 Rob Darius and Amir become something of a reluctant team in this surrealistic search for the missing Pig along the way and will “kind of sort of” figure out three-way relationship.  While the climax is by no means a joyous affair it is at the very least a resolution and acceptance.  It took me a while to get in sync with this film but at the end of the day this dark and thoughtful offering is one of the best pictures of the year.




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