Pig ★★★★★

As a birthday present to myself, after a hard year, I am close to ending this rough summer by watching a highly anticipated film, PIG!
Michael Sarnoski is a first time director who has done his homework on emotional and practical framing in cinema. He directs excellent actor Nicolas Cage with grace, a performance not just of the year but for the ages. 

Roaring rivers of natural and unnatural masculinity, lose, isolation, and pain are to be hunted and dug up in Pig. 

There are beautiful layers of Kelly Reichardt and Cormac McCarthy here. I’d also pair it well with the film Captain Fantastic. Maybe even Pynchon too. Oh, and of all things, Ratatouille!

Of the above mentioned artists, it should be said that they capture the confusion of the American identity. A land filled with ghosts that do not exist. 

I didn’t expect this to be set in the modern day, but it really helped to show a juxtaposition between the past of self reliance and lose with a modern day that is almost too connected by electric lines and constant grinding of tepid voices. 

This quickly becomes something otherworldly and unexpected—an underworld of notoriety and hate—all forgotten. Until the wrong man loses his truffle pig. 

All the ingredients are here. Something within you is cooking. Burnt and bloody and raw, but delicious. The silence is only beautiful when you have someone to share it with.

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