It’s a simple enough premise, but what is done within the timeframe of this film honestly made for some of the most thrilling, intense, fully consuming work I’ve ever seen.
Grief comes in all of shapes and sizes. I thought The Starling took a very thoughtful approach to tackling such a sensitive topic but in an effectively touching yet humorous way. When it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s firing on all cylinders in the best of ways.
The quirkiness is dialed up to ten, and it’s all the better for it. That just makes the sadness at the center of it all feel all the more whimsical.
Relationships are hard. There are challenges that are unique to every pair of two people, especially when there’s something putting that relationship at a strain. The Wheel is at its best when it paints an honest picture through that lens.
The comedic timing in this couldn’t be better. The balance is struck perfectly with the dramatic nature of the story supported by its realistic humor. It such a tender and direct story that gets right to the point.
The score composed for Pig features perfectly timed swells of music that just amp up the suspense. It fills the space with suspense and vigor, as if it needed more of that. The inflections of violin and string instruments are perfect for this film. The score absolutely matches the intensity Nicolas Cage brings to this film with his performance. Subdued but still brutal, this is honestly some of the best acting yet from Cage.
This is the role Udo Kier was born to play. We need to see more from him, so make sure this film isn’t his Swan Song. Come for the wicked dry comedy. Stay to see Kier lip sync Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” in drag.
Ayar, a first-generation American Latina, returns home to reunite with her daughter. But when her mother, Renata, refuses to let her see her due to COVID, Ayar is confronted by the many roles she’s been forced to play, including the role in this film. (screening during the 2021 North Bend Film Festival).