A slacker comedy set in the hinterlands of northeast Argentina, “Pig Head” is more silk purse than sow’s ear. Dripping naive charm, this homemade tale of a group of friends preparing a meal featuring the title delicacy is often enjoyable and only sometimes irritating. Indie fests wishing to put their daring to the test could conceivably find space on their table for this offbeat item by writer-director Pablo Almiron.
Pic is set in the apparently stagnant, backwoods town of Corrientes, and the ramshackle comedy critiques the lack of opportunities this decaying place, with its lazy rhythms, offers. Appealingly slobbish Walter (Walter Barberan) is given a pig’s head by his mother and decides to host a dinner. We meet several of his friends — notably the wonderfully lugubrious Chirola (Horacio Fernandez), seeking romance with Lucia (Belen Collantes) — and their problems, their idle, go-nowhere conversations and their lives. Some conversations meander irksomely, and the pic sometimes resembles a homevid, but there’s more than enough dark humor, local color and human warmth to justify the ride.