The kosher pig
Leon the Pig Farmer
Produced and Directed by Gary Sinyor and
Written by Gary Sinyor and Michael Normand
Frankel, Brian Glover, Maryam D'Abo and Connie Booth
Reviewed by L.
Leon the Pig Farmer is the first Jewish comedy feature film produced in
Britain. Co-producers and co-directors Gary Sinyor and Vadim Jean were able to
raise less than $200,000 for its creation, but the results are clever and
Leon (Mark Frankel) is a middle-class Jewish boy who has high principles
and is continuously guilt ridden. He leaves his job as a real estate agent
because he finds it too immoral -- much to the displeasure of his parents.
They give him the choice of working for his father's net curtain business or
his mother's kosher catering firm.
Leon's girlfriend Lisa (Gina Bellman) finds him boring and prefers to go
parachuting or hold all night Buddhist chanting parties. His new non-Jewish
girlfriend, Madeleine (Marayam D'Abo) likes him because he is Jewish and is
the perfect model for the stained glass window of the crucifixion she is
creating for the Catholic Church. Both Lisa and Madeleine have an intense
hatred for net curtain salesmen.
As if this were not enough of a dilemma for Leon, he finds out by accident
that Sidney Geller (David De Keyser) is not his father at all; his roots are
to be found on a pig farm in Yorkshire owned by the Chadwicks. Brian (Brian
Glover) and Judith (Connie Booth) Chadwick welcome him warmly into their
family, until he makes the mistake of creating a mutant pig by artificially
inseminating the mother with the sperm of a sheep. Only one question remains:
is it kosher?
This is a very funny movie with an excellent script. The unremitting sense
of guilt felt by Leon is reflected brilliantly when members of the public
approach him randomly to comment on his predicament.
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