Hollywood Theater

 

Mr. Pig

Series: Portland Latin American Film Festival

Thursday, September 29 at 7pm  |  $9  |  Buy advance tickets here.

English with Spanish subtitles / 100 minutes / Mexico / 2016

Ambrose (Danny Glover), an old-school pig farmer from California, leaves his foreclosed family farm and sets off on a road trip to Mexico with Howard, his last beloved and very large pig. Ambrose must smuggle Howard across the border to find him a new home. As they embark across Mexico, Eubanks’ drinking and deteriorating health begin to take a toll, derailing their plans. His estranged daughter, Eunice (Maya Rudolph), shows up unexpectedly and joins them on their adventure. Driven by strong convictions and stubbornness in his old ways, Ambrose forges ahead to make sure he finds Howard the home he deserves and potentially mend many of the relationships that mean the most to him.

Director Diego Luna tackles the old and new in an age of global markets, factory farming, and disposable relationships. Luna’s poetic postcard road film to Mexico, guided by a soundtrack evoking old rock ‘n’ roll, is lyrically photographed following the gorgeously overgrown, winding roads of Mexico. Luna trusts his audience, letting the story unfold in a bold, un-expository way, allowing tour-de-force performances by Glover, Rudolph, and, of course, Howard the pig.

Es la historia de la amistad entre el granjero Ambrose (Danny Glover) y un cerdo de fina genética. Una amistad que los lleva desde California a México en una camioneta y que arrastra a la hija de Ambrose (Maya Rudolph), en una aventura que profundiza tanto en las injustas relaciones entre humanos y animales como en las relaciones desajustadas entre padres e hijos.

“Es un drama con mucho humor. Creo que los dramas que hacen reír terminan rompiendo el hielo y llegan más profundo”, reflexiona Diego Luna, que subraya la lectura paterno filial de la película: “Habla de un padre y una hija que se reencuentran en la madurez y se dan una segunda oportunidad de conocerse”, explica Diego Luna.

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