Pig

By Joanna Langfield

This is not a movie for everybody. But it sure is a movie for me.

Nicolas Cage stars as a mysterious man, living with his beloved pig, in the Oregon forest. Together, they hunt for truffles, which are then sold to the finest restaurateurs in town. May not be the life most of us would choose to live, but Rob and his pet seem just fine.

Until somebody steals the pig.

Debuting filmmaker Michael Sarnoski is clearly a talent to watch. While not every scene carries the finesse of perhaps a more established director, each does divulge more storyline, more character, with a slow and deliberate confidence. We pretty soon begin to understand this is not another only-Nicolas-Cage-could-be-this-wacky piece, but a quiet and affecting drama that’s savvy in its telling and downright terrific in its acting.

Alex Wolff brings just the right balance of bravado and surprised compassion, as Amir, the young businessman-on-the-rise who brokers Rob’s finds. And it’s great to see Adam Arkin, Amir’s ruthless father, just about steal every second he’s on camera. But, at its very open heart, this is a movie about Rob. And it’s a wonderful return to the kind of informed, modulated and compelling acting that made Nicolas Cage an Oscar winning star. While I don’t want to give away too much and spoil the fun of watching the cleverness of the reveal, I can unequivocally endorse Cage’s beautiful work as the best he’s delivered in years.