A river full of mysteriously expired pork serves as the fulcrum for Dead Pigs, a series of loosely connected stories about getting by in modern China. Also, there’s a musical number or two. Chinese American director Cathy Yan’s debut is a daffy polyglot of a movie, quick-drawing between various moods and styles with zero hesitation. The film is very entertaining, with a wicked sense of humor—watch out for those end credits—and a downright hilarious performance by Vivian Wu, as an immovable object in a leopard spot bathrobe.
Dead Pigs screens tonight and tomorrow (May 18-19) at the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival, which happens May 18-June 10. Showtimes for Dead Pigs here; more recommended SIFF films here; and all SIFF films here.