Is there a stronger bond than the one between a man and his pig? Michael Sarnoski’s lush, Oregon-set debut feature argues on the contrary. Nicolas Cage stars as Rob, a scruffy recluse who, after leaving the toxic and demanding restaurant industry some 15 years prior, now lives largely off the grid, foraging for truffles with his rusty-colored pig. Rob’s simple life is turned on its axis, though, when his prized pig is stolen from him. Rob goes on an emotional journey through the past he left behind with his buyer Amir (a solid Alex Wolff teetering between slimy showboat and father-induced inferiority complex) as his chauffeur. Pig is not a revenge story, really—nor does it feel overly cynical outside of its depictions of the cutthroat mentality in the fine dining industry. Cage takes a more understated approach here, often mumbling his words and much more somber than full of rage, though his rough, blood-stained exterior juxtaposed with high society speaks louder than words. Even through its various webs of tragedy, relentless ambition, and destruction for capital gain—Pig remarkably and overwhelmingly champions care and kindness.