7:00pm – Weekly Watch: “Pig” (Join here.)
Phone number: +1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 898 2235 3543
Pig is a quiet and often melancholy meditation on loss, anchored by a character who wishes he could shake free of the person he used to be. The first feature from writer-director Michael Sarnoski, “Pig” is divided into three parts, each given a title that reads like a haute cuisine menu item: “Rustic Mushroom Tart,” “Deconstructed Scallops,” etc. Part one introduces Robin Feld (Cage), a talented chef who lives way off the grid, deep in an Oregon forest with only his beloved truffle pig for company. When burglars beat him up and steal the pig, Rob calls on a rich Portland hipster who’s been bartering for Rob’s truffles to sell to upscale eateries. What the hipster doesn’t know is that Rob is already well-acquainted with the intricacies of Portland’s foodie world: from the boutique suppliers to the ruthless bistro owners to the underground fight clubs where all the competitors are restaurant workers. “Pig” focuses on fleshing out this stiflingly insular Portland community, filled with people who’ve turned the business of selling food into a blood sport. As Rob shuffles between various hotspots, it’s easy to understand why he so desperately wanted to detach in the first place. “Pig” is a rich character study, marked by a raw performance from Cage. What makes this strange little movie so moving and even beautiful is that it takes Rob’s pig-saving mission as seriously as it takes his conviction that society as we know it is hopelessly rotten. Available for streaming on Fandango, Vudu and Amazon Prime.
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