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The Hour of the Pig

In darkest medieval France, legislation languishes beneath the pendulum sway of ecclesiastical caprice and peasant superstition. Against this backdrop, Renaissance man and Parisian lawyer Richard Courtois (Firth) makes his grand entrance, only to find that his first case in an isolated rural community is to defend a pig charged with the murder of a young boy. As the drama uncoils into folds of seigneurial corruption and forbidden sexuality, ethnic tension and church indifference, the slightly ramshackle narrative proves both educational and highly entertaining. Although revelling in the bawdy absurdities of lovingly textured authenticity, writer/director Megahey's film remains thoroughly modern in outlook, refreshingly irreverent in tone and remarkably accomplished in execution.

Release details

Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Leslie Megahey
Screenwriter: Leslie Megahey
Cast: Colin Firth
Donald Pleasence
Ian Holm
Nicol Williamson
Michael Gough
Harriet Walter
Elizabeth Spriggs

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5 / 5

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Malcolm

Ohe dear what`s happened to the moderator for the film reviews page? Whay hasn`t this film been released on DVD? It`s a brilliant, quirky, atmospheric and sadly forgotten period curiosity with great performances from Firth and Pleasance and a sultry performance from the seductive gypsy girl whose name escapes me and who I can`t remember seeing in anything since. Any ideas? Please release on DVD!