Disco Pigs

2003

Disco Pigs

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A friendship between two young people grows into a dangerous obsession in this drama based on the acclaimed stage play by Enda Walsh. Darren (Cillian Murphy) and Sinead (Elaine Cassidy) were born moments apart in the same hospital in a small Irish community. Nicknamed "Pig" and "Runt," Darren and Sinead grew up next door to each other and became inseparable friends while they were still toddlers; at the age of 16, their bond is even stronger than ever. However, Darren and Sinead also have a fondness for making trouble, and over the years Darren has developed a taste for violence; one of his favorite pranks is to have Sinead flirt with a man at the local disco, and then storm up, posing as her jealous boyfriend, and start a fight. Several people in town feel there's something not entirely healthy about Darren and Sinead's relationship, and Sinead's parents are persuaded to send her away to a school in the northern part of Ireland. Darren's attachment to Sinead grows only more intense in her absence, and in time he runs away to find Sinead and bring her back, only to discover she's made a new best friend, Mags (Tara Lynne O'Neill). Disco Pigs was the first feature from Kirsten Sheridan, whose father is veteran filmmaker Jim Sheridan.

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Critic Reviews for Disco Pigs

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Audience Reviews for Disco Pigs

  • Aug 08, 2010
    This movie was a strange jumble of awkward and "artistic" moments between Cassidy and Murphy, strange plot, and basically no reason. Mainly, I just wanted to know why Runt stuck with Pig so long.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2009
    Completely original. I loved the decline of sanity in Cillian Murphy throughout the film, great acting as always. The story is really intense, yet fun. You become so enthralled in the characters that you can't wait to see what happens when their world comes crashing down. It's a romantic tragedy that takes you all the way.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2009
    I watched this in Dublin when it first came out in 2002, before it was released around the rest of Europe. It is Kirsten Sheridan's directorial debut (daughter of the great Jim Sheridan) and as such a first effort I thought it was breath-taking. Based on a play by Enda Walsh (who also wrote the script), it retains some of the theatrical based- on- dialogue structure but it's also sparkling and dancing in bursts of grand, twisted laughter. The imagery is stunning at times and the performances by Cillian Murphy (that you have seen as a secondary character in the latest Batman films) and Elain Cassidy (whom most of you now recognize from "Harper's Island") were brilliant, to say the least. I know I am generous for giving it a 4 out of 5 but it really resonated with me at the time and the experience in front of the silver screen was amazing. In Grece it was only released in DVD.
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2009
    Love in it's most dysfunctional psychotic form. Cillian Murphy's gaze alone is frightening. Runt: It's blue. Blues the colour o'love.
    Sam R Super Reviewer

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