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on 14 May 2002
'Disco Pigs', based on the stage play by Enda Walsh is the story of the intense and lifelong friendship between two teenagers in Ireland, which manages at once to be hauntingly beautiful and decidedly unnerving when everything starts to unbalance.

'Pig' (Cillian Murphy) and 'Runt' (Elaine Cassidy)can be equated to the likes of Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey in 'Heavenly Creatures' or Alicia Witt and Renée Humphrey in 'Fun' - the two have been friends since birth and are happy to inhabit their own imagined world exclusive of other people. The onslaught of pubescence, however, puts paid to the delicate balance of the friendship, as Pig's possessiveness of "his" girl and Runt's curiosity about other boys begin to ruin everything.
I found the story of 'Disco Pigs' fascinating - the subject matter has been handled before onscreen but that doesn't detract from its power in the slightest. First-time director Kirsten Sheridan has brought to the surface the ugliness and desperation of obsessive, possessive behaviour without eradicating sympathy from the audience for the confused Runt and violent Pig (both of whose characters are excellently portrayed). Sequences such as the last disco, set to the Death in Vegas track 'Dirge', are utterly mesmerizing to watch and fully overtake in one's mind the slightly clumsier sequences. Some may find the dialogue difficult to understand in places, but although the film was released in Australia with subtitles, apparently 90% of American test audiences could understand the "pals'" language of babytalk and Cork slang.
Some more mature and perhaps over-cynical reviewers seem reluctant to take 'Disco Pigs' seriously, trying to write it off as some hamfisted homage to teenage angst with a few instances of frightening violence thrown in to make it interesting. This is not so. My experience of Disco Pigs was of a resounding and beautiful movie that captures the extremes of violence, tenderness and confusion that permeate the journey into adulthood. The DVD doesn't contain anything particularly special in the way of extras, but the film itself is worth exploring.
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on 27 April 2014
Where to start with this wonderful movie? Two young people, born on the same day, living next door to each other, watching each other's backs, laughing and crying and growing up together. Sounds idyllic but it takes its toll. Their relationship is so intense that it is absolutely dysfunctional. Their journey is laid out for all to see in this film. The script is beautiful, poetry in many places, especially when the two are speaking to each other.
I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see something they thought they might not like. I did that. And I loved it.
It does contain some disturbing and violent scenes.
The two main stars, Elaine Cassidy and Cillian Murphy, complement each other's performances perfectly.
Elaine Cassidy is amazing as Sinead (Runt). She is stunningly beautiful and plays the part of Runt with a slight understatement, which makes her, in my eyes, the true star of this movie.
Cillian Murphy is Darren (Pig). He is protective to the point of madness and Mr Murphy does madness very well.
Would recommend this with 10 stars if I could.
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on 4 April 2005
This film shatters any hope you have of "entertaining family viewing time" - it is breath takingly real and gobsmackingly shocking. It grabs you by the throat and forces you to rip open the brains of the two main characters Pig and Runt and, yet, even when you've travelled so deeply into their minds you STILL dont understand what theyre thinking.
An absolutely fascinating film that HAS to be watched - it shows a side of humankind that scares, fascinates and disturbs. There could be no better acting from the two main characters.
I sincerely reccommend it with every ounce of my being.
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on 13 April 2007
If you are like "a viewer", the anonymous reviewer above who watches films without an ounce of interest in trying to find the bigger picture, then this film is not for you.

One of Cillian Murphy's earlier films, you can see why Hollywood beckoned for him - he portrays "Pig" perfectly, an angst-ridden, violent, obsessed, confused teenager, while his love "Runt" ultimately holds the key to Pig's happiness, and more importantly, his life path.

I did find Cillian's accent harder to understand than Elaine's but I could basically work out what he was saying much of the time.

This film is sad, moving and intense, yet you want to keep on watching.
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on 26 May 2013
You can read it on its DVD box - and that is right.
Great performances, unique story.
Thank you Kirsten Sheridan, Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy!
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on 17 January 2017
I must have missed something here. Yes the acting was top draw, but the storyline dragged and i didn't really care for any of the characters. It all felt a bit pretentious and arty. Not for me unfortunately even though i think Cillain Murphy is great.
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on 29 December 2013
A fantastic start of Cillians acting career.Very odd story of teenage love and the slight mental breakdown that goes with age.
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on 12 May 2015
moving study of emerging teenage sexual desires. acting, especially by Cillian Murphy, is excellent.
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on 22 October 2015
Enda Walsh is amazing - and I am years behind finding that out. Strange, bizarre, but wonderful film.
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on 24 January 2011
I originally watched this film purely because it stars the brilliant Cillian Murphy as it isn't the kind of plot I ordinarily go for. However, I found myself reflecting on the characters and their journey for days afterward. The writing and acting are flawless, taking the viewer- however unwilling- along for the turbulent ride as Runt and Pig's magical, symbiotic relationship faces the inevitable strains of growing up. Although it addresses interesting social issues and can make difficult viewing, at it's root I think this is a story of seeringly true love and, perhaps, the dangers inherent in such unrestrained feeling and behaviour. Highly worthy of it's many accolades.
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