This movie is not what you think. It isn't a pastiche of the overly pastiched John Wick, in which the retired hired killer is replaced by an old truffle hunter on the trail of a kidnapped pig, played by Nicolas Cage charging at will. Yes, the components match, but the tone and style are different. The film's feel is heralded by the first scenes showing the protagonist's solitary life in the wilderness, scenes that feature a contemplative rhythm and melancholic color palette. Later references to the crime film genre, semi-playful and postmodern in spirit, only serve as eccentric additions to the most serious story of loss, alienation and mourning. Cage plays in accordance with an artistic concept, restraining his famed mannerisms and building a surprisingly introverted role, radiating with a quiet, dignified pain concealed under his tramp garb.
Michael Sarnoski is an American director and screenwriter, who has also worked as an editor, producer, cinematographer, sound technician and even make-up artist. He studied at the prestigious Yale University. He full-length debut is Pig, which was enthusiastically received by critics. He lives in Los Angeles.
2011 Love of the Dead (short)
2011 Fight Night Legacy (co-dir. short)
2012 That (short, co-dir.)
2021 Świnia / Pig