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Disco Pigs (2001)

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A twisted rite of passage.

Director:

Kirsten Sheridan

Writers:

Enda Walsh (play), Enda Walsh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Cassidy ... Runt - Sinead
Cillian Murphy ... Pig - Darren
Sarah Gallagher Sarah Gallagher ... 5 Year Old Runt
Charles Bark Charles Bark ... 5 Year Old Pig (as Charles Bark-Frisby)
Eleanor Methven Eleanor Methven ... Pig's Mam - Bernie
Geraldine O'Rawe ... Runt's Mam - Eileen
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Runt's Dad - Gerry
Darren Healy Darren Healy ... Marky
Tara Lynne O'Neill Tara Lynne O'Neill ... Mags
Michael Rawley Michael Rawley ... Foxy
Eoghan Harris Eoghan Harris ... Headmaster - Mr. Keane
Dawn Bradfield Dawn Bradfield ... Counsellor
Marie Mullen Marie Mullen ... Mrs. Monroe
Derry Power Derry Power ... Old Man in Bus
Mark Doherty ... Salesman
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Storyline

Pig and Runt - born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with an appetite for recklessness, exploration and destruction. But days before their 17th birthday the perfect balance of their world begins to shift. Pig's sexual awakening and increasing jealousy begins to threaten the private universe they have spent their lives constructing. Unable to contemplate the loss of Runt, Pig's unpredictable nature spirals out of control in a trail of violence. The invisible thread between them is stretched to breaking point, the inseparable are about to separate, and which one will survive depends on which one can break free. Written by Anonymous

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90 minutes you'll never forget

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

Kirsten Sheridan

Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Obession See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second song played during the credits called "So New" was written and performed by Cillian Murphy, who played Pig. See more »

Goofs

During the flashback to Sinéad being spanked by her father Ger Canning can be heard commentating on a hurling game between Cork and Kilkenny, mentioning the names of DJ Carey, Henry Shefflin, Charlie Carter and Diarmuid O' Sullivan, who would only played with and against each other in 1999 at the earliest. The flashback was obviously intended to have been set long before then. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Runt: Once upon a time, before there was any blue, I'd take a long long nap in a brand new home. This place, it's like I make up my mind to stay in this lovely warm pink room. The thumpity thump of the heart. My only true path. I tell the noisy world outside to fuck off with all your play-actin', for Runt. She go no where, for no one. That was a time when silence was some sort of friend.
Runt: But then my mom would heave and wake all inside. And Runt, she wakes up, cause a baby can't stay ...
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Connections

Features The Clangers: Flying (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Bring Me Sunshine
Written by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee
Performed by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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A film that doesn't have enough words to describe its greatness
1 August 2001 | by timelord-3See all my reviews

Two 16-year-olds share a birthday, a love, a language of their own and a uniquely violent world view. Disco Pigs is an electric, disturbing and violent sprint through the unique world of Pig and Runt, two 17 year old kids who were born with a special, almost psychic affinity for one another.

It's a gentle and tender story about a pure, innocent love between two inseparable people who 'want for something different' out of life, lashing out at 'the sameness of it all'. When this invisible thread between Pig and Runt is stretched to breaking point, the inseparable are about to separate and which one will survive depends on which one can break free.

I'll stick my neck out here and say that Disco Pigs has a real Clockwork Orange feel about it - its use of a lyrical communication between our two leads - a combination of baby talk and Shakespeare monologue gave me that strong impression. The lead roles also exist in their own world, oblivious and unbound by the rules that govern us all.

Pig and Runt are two kids that really don't want to grow up, but despite their enforced isolation from common reality the pressures bear upon them to change. Pig wants the relationship to move to the 'next level', but innocent Runt either doesn't understand or doesn't want that right now. She seems more interested in experiencing other boys - finding a local bartender particularly intriguing. He is frustrated that their relationship, while deep, is not deeper, and she is perhaps seeing the blinkers removed from her eyes a bit, allowing the outside world a peek in.

I've made mention of the language that is used throughout the film used by Pig and Runt; the dialogue between the two is at times heart breakingly beautiful; witness Pig's love expressed in words as he talks to himself about the beautiful passion they would both share when they would make love for the first time. It nearly made this hardened critic cry.

Disco Pigs is nothing short of a masterpiece. It is unconventional, yes, but that is the stuff of greatness. The incredible soundtrack complements the visuals perfectly and is nearly a character in its own right. My only gripe is `REMOVE THE SUBTITLES!'

If this film gets a local Australian distribution, see it. It's that simple. 10 out of 10.


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