Review: Michael Sarnoski’s ‘Pig’

While the premise of a revenge thriller starring Nicolas Cage might elicit reactions of disappointment, Michael Sarnoski’s debut feature Pig is a thoughtful exploration of a fine-dining chef turned truffle hunter's quest to find his foraging eponymous animal. At times, the film bites more than its chews, but a soulful lead performance and assured direction showcases Cage’s indelible ability to make the silly into the poignant. The Oregon-set Pig begins with the reclusive, cabin resident Rob (Cage) who carries out daily routines with his companion pig, a gorgeously rendered, orange furry being whose puppy-like affection towards her owner is depicted under intensely dark lighting, driving home the protagonist's sense of isolation.
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