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Pig

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Released in 2021, Michael Sarnosky directed this quiet masterpiece starring Nicholas Cage in what is undoubtedly one of his greatest performances. The film subverts your expectations at every turn in wholly unpredictable ways.

As a lifelong lover of the medium, finding movies like this is a rare treat. With what must have been a sparse but very well-written script, the dialog is spare to non-existent—leaving the character development on screen in the hands of the actors. We’re well into the film before the character’s backstory is carefully revealed and slowly parsed out in a way that adds layers of unexpected depth. Just when you think the film is about one thing, it shows you something else, adding emotional layers that reveal a meditation on the pain of being a sensitive human crippled by grief, clinging to his memories, assuaged by his profound love of his pig.

Special mention must be made of Alex Wolf’s performance as his guide while they search for his kidnapped, beloved truffle pig.

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but if you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat.

In this life, no one comes out unscathed.