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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!, 10 Sep 2004
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This review is from: The Hour of the Pig [VHS] [1994] (VHS Tape)
A film great that is high on humour as well as the darker sides of life. The plot is good and the end has a grim twist. That this film is not better know when others with half its charm get wider exposure is odd. The plot is based on some real legal problems that were encountered in French law at that age and the results are comic and cruel
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Paris lawyer finds out simple county life is a myth, 23 Mar 2000
This review is from: The Hour of the Pig [VHS] [1994] (VHS Tape)
A well crafted piece of Medieval French history in which a sophisticated Paris based lawyer decides to leave the capital and work in the heart of rural France and a simpler way of life. His first case is something of a puzzle, as he set to defend a pig which is being tried for murder. The Lawyer played by Colin Firth Quickly finds that life in the country is not as he expected His triumphs are balanced by his sheer delightful wrongful assumptions which inevitably he resigns himself to. The movie has a dark humanistic vein running all the way through it of superstition and manipulation, the conclusion of the film is not too be missed. with superb supporting acting, and a great story line.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unkown Little Gem, 6 April 2001
This review is from: The Hour of the Pig [VHS] [1994] (VHS Tape)
Nobody's ever heard of this movie...Don't know why, because it's great! A rich atmosphere, a good plot, a causit wit, and a brilliant soundtrack by The Dufay Collective. It's not the greatest film ever made, but it is extremely pleasant to watch, with a true 'Medieval' atmosphere and a real shock ending. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you havent seen this little known film you are in for a real treat....., 28 Jun 2008
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This review is from: The Hour of the Pig [VHS] [1994] (VHS Tape)
One of those films that few seems to have heard of, didnt seem to get any press coverage, didnt appear to get released in the cinema and nobody ever mentions- even though it has an all star cast -yet a true masterpiece. Though such an unusual plot the film has a very authentic and convincing feel to it- it is based on true court cases in medieval France where animals were tried for breaking the law- in this case a pig for the murder of a child-and tried by city lawyer (Firth) who comes to the French countryside with great idealistic ambitions. Firth is excellent as the young fresh faced lawyer as is Jim Carter as his dry sarcastic assistant. Ian Holm, Donald Pleasance and Nicol Williamson give the rural establishment powers real weight while retaining all of its curious idiosyncracies. Through subtle use of suspicion, corruption and superstition The Hour of the Pig develops a rather eerie and claustrophic tension punctuated by some very funny but dark humour.
As far as I can tell, it has only been released in dvd format for Region 1 (USA) under the obvious title 'The Advocat'- which doesnt really capture the quality and uniqueness of 'Hour of The Pig'- typical of the strange elusive obscurity surrounding this superb film. A must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great script, great cast, 18 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Hour of the Pig [VHS] [1994] (VHS Tape)
This is one of the best secret films of the times. Colin Firth is terrific as a bright young idealistic advocate from Paris. The supporting ensemble are great. The script is top notch. Should have a DVD release!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult film ?, 17 Jan 2014
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Certainly a very odd film theme ; putting a pig on trial.
The dvd versions are horrendously expensive.
I wouldn't pay that. But I have a good working VHS
machine and enjoyed the film. Cult film ? No.
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