The innocence of a child and value of friendship is expressed in its truest, most pure form here. The crisp cinematography is immaculate, emphasizing the brilliance of nature, bringing the sunlight inside, and the texture of endless fuzzy sweaters. With spare but impactful dialogue, this reserved story feels relatable.
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).