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Disco Pigs
Vanguard // Unrated // April 29, 2003
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Review by Don Houston | posted May 9, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: I like foreign and obscure films. It's a fact that has caused my personal relationships some distress over the years. Rather than watch the latest cookie cutter Hollywood flick, I'd much rather settle down in a small theatre and see a movie not designed by committee for the consumption of the lowest common denominator. Unlike many other critics though, I don't automatically assign a higher rating or praise what amounts to pointless drivel. The pendulum can swing too far in either direction. In Disco Pigs, the story deals with a couple of characters in a poor neighborhood who are born at the same time and live beside one another. It seems that they are the only ones who understand each other and the boxcover speculated on their relationship as follows: "Pig and Runt are born minutes apart in the same Dublin hospital – they are spiritual twins to different mothers and totally inseparable. The pair forges an indestructible and almost telepathic bond, shutting out their friends and families- in fact, the entire outside world. Their world exists somewhere between the violence of A Clockwork Orange and the innocence of a Bjõrk lyric. But as they make the difficult transition from adolescence into adulthood, external forces attempt to separate them as their own desires threaten to divide them. American Dreamer calls it "an absolutely compelling film, and not your typical boy meets girl movie" because Pig will stop at nothing, absolutely nothing, to keep their bond intact."

I suppose the casual link made to a classic like A Clockwork Orange offended me the most. In that movie, the violence had meaning and wasn't blind rage or a smothering need to merge with another character. The comment about Bjõrk was more accurate in that her lyrics are known for being somewhat spacey. In Disco Pigs, the lead male is a hostile youth who ultimately hurts everyone around him for no reason and his female counterpart is one of those women who supports his actions to the point of absurdity. They each speak in a form of baby talk that they never grew out of and folks who seek movies with heavy slang that allows them to plug in their own beliefs instead of whatever the screenwriter intended will certainly be at home here.

Picture: The picture was presented in full frame color. There were some minor artifacts and the picture was about what you'd expect from a low budget independent film shot overseas. In any case, the picture didn't detract from the blinding violence of the film's content. I was surprised that the trailer was in widescreen though.

Sound: The sound was in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. It was on par with the picture; nothing special but not bad enough to draw one's attention while watching.

Extras: The extras included a featurette that has the director explaining the movie, some interviews on the cast and crew, and a trailer as well as a montage of scenes from the movie. I suggest that anyone attempting to watch the movie should look at the extras first since you will likely be lost otherwise. Think of it like needing to read the Cliff Notes before tackling a novel-not a good sign for a movie.

Final Thoughts: I watched this with another critic who claimed it was the "worst movie" she had ever seen (by far) in her life. Personally, I think the gimmick here was over used and the lack of direction probably due to the fact that the director was such a novice. If you're in search of an Irish movie on youthful rebellion, you've come to the right place. Not high art by any means, Disco Pigs will appeal to those who dislike plot, linear thought or movies with happy endings. I'm rating it as a Skip unless you are into such movies even more than I am.

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