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Review: The Last Pig

This film screened today in Chatham, MA which is local to me, but, since I coach soccer for my sons team I was unable to attend. Thanks to the kindness of the Last Pig folks, I was able to watch a screener in order to provide this commentary.

Where to begin…

The synopsis from the website says, “THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive, the film follows a farmer in his final year of slaughtering pigs. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals his growing conflict over a life spent “peddling in death.” As the story unfolds, his struggle becomes our own. The Last Pig is a poetic snapshot of a seminal year in one man’s life as he journeys beyond the slaughterhouse.”

That’s a pretty spot on 82 word narrative on a film that, to me, was engaging in its profound simplicity. I really enjoy the fact that the film maker, Allison Argo, let the story play out as organically as possible.

It’s certainly difficult to watch knowing that the subjects of the movie, the pigs, are on borrowed time. That’s not the only struggle here though, you truly feel the inner strife of Bob Comis, the pig farmer. His face is anguished, his very is very monotone; it’s gut-wrenching!

I watched with my jaw open for most of the film. Not only because of what is playing out on the screen but how it is playing out. Like I said, it’s very organic in the way the story plays out but the cinematography and editing is mind-blowing. The film is a work of art through and through. I’ve never watched any of Argo’s other films but I will be making a point to do so soon.

I think this movie is good for everyone to watch, vegan or non-vegan.

From a vegan perspective it solidifies a lot of the things we believe. Bob Comis believed at one point that he was a “humane” farmer and that by caring for his animals and being more loving toward them that it was somehow ok to deliver them to the slaughterhouse each month. As we know though, there is no such thing as humane meat. He comes to see just how incorrect that mindset is. In his own words, “Pigs are incredibly complex beings. They’re not just animals. They are beings in the most profound sense of the word.”

For non-vegans I think this is an extremely important film as it brings the argument to completion about killing animals for food and shows exactly what we’ve been saying all along; their lives belong to them.

You can find info about the film at:

Website: http://www.thelastpig.com/
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