It takes a lot to get me into a movie theater when it’s a sunny spring afternoon outside, so Pig, a film about a reclusive chef turned truffle hunter in search of his stolen pig, was against it. I’m happy to say it was worth getting in, thanks in large part to Nicholas Cage’s understated performance.
In the Oregon wilderness, we meet truffle hunter Robin Feld (Nicholas Cage). Life is simple, idyllic even, Feld has been living in his cabin for fifteen years, without hot water, but he does have a loyal pig.
Feld and his pig spend their time looking for truffles, which are picked up once a week by the young brash Amir (Alex Wolff).
Amir seems to be the only person who knows where Feld is and yet one night he is awakened by car lights and two thieves who violently kidnap Pig and leave Feld bloodied on the floor. His loss goes way beyond Pig, only because he is a truffle seeker he is a companion of the grieving Feld. There is only one thing to do.
When Amir next appears, Feld takes him on a trip back to the city of Portland. The quest is simple: “I want my pig,” Feld announces.
The journey introduces us to several hidden sides of restaurant life, including a hidden fight club.
Pig, the film is an exploration of grief, father-son relationships, meals that stay with you forever, the importance animals play in our lives, and what true success is.
“We get very little to worry about, what we really care about, follow that. “
I was surprised how much this seemingly simple film touched me. Nicolas Cage delivers an excellently controlled, considered performance with sparse dialogue. He’s just a man who wants his pig back. Amir’s interest in classical music was an interesting means of suggesting that there was more to him than first thought. The movie with reminds you of those meals that will stay with you for years.
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There is a special event on September 19, with truffle flavored treats.
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