A truffle hunter (Nicolas Cage) who lives alone in the Oregon wilderness must visit Portland to find the mysterious person who stole his beloved foraging pig.
Nicolas Cage has been doing some strange movies recently — and not all of them good or very accessible to the mainstream. PIG has elements of eccentricity as we’ve come to expect from Cage but, in this case, the movie is more likely to please the general movie goer.
Nicolas Cage fully inhabits his role as Robin Feld, a reclusive truffle hunter who has a pig, that he’s deeply emotionally attached to, that snuffles around in the forests to find the truffles. After the pig is stolen, Robin goes on a violent journey to remover his pig. On the way, we find out more about who Robin Feld really is and the reason for his attachment to the pig. In the process, we are invited to think about the way in which commercialism tends to undermine creativity and what it means to find meaning in the middle of loss.
There are some genuine surprises as the story unfolds and, if you like food, some excellent scenes that celebrate the creating and eating of food. While many of the elements of the movie, taken on their own, we may have seen before, there is enough originality in the premise of the story and its execution to make PIG is a satisfying, moving watch. I’d suggest this is one of Nicolas Cage’s best movies. Don’t miss it.
(In cinemas in Australia – check your movie guide for your local show times.)