Pig ★★★★½

Movies like this are one of the reasons I'm so glad I'm on Letterboxd.

I totally would have skipped this otherwise. The plot description sounds like Nic Cage's other recent straight to VOD revenge films, but this film is anything but campy.

The king of overacting is quite subdued here, opting for subtle powerful moments over big, explosive moments. Alex Wolff plays off his energy perfectly, and delivers his best performance since Hereditary, solidifying his indie hall of fame status. Michael Sarnoski is coming out of nowhere with this grand slam, and I look forward to seeing what he does next.

This film touched my soul. It gets to the heart of loneliness, and your deepest fears in a way that's hard to prepare for. It subverts the whole genre you're expecting to watch, and makes you care so deeply about a truffle pig you barely knew. It's infuriating, but more about how we deal with the loss of a loved one than the lengths the characters are willing to go.

I am aware I am late on the Pig hype train, but if tickets are still available, I'll happily hop on. And I don't want to hear any more Nic Cage shit from anyone, ya hear???

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