Ralph's Cultural Reach


A reader writes:

FYI, this painting is the subject of a 2009 Oscar nominee for best live action film - a Danish submission called "Grisen," or "The Pig".  The felicitous leaping swine becomes a source of contention between a patient undergoing various colorectal procedures who has been charmed and comforted by the image and his Islamic hospital roommate who is religiously offended by it and insists that it is removed. It's cute and mildly thought provoking, and well worth a watch, if you can find it.

Help me with this: someone "undergoing various colorectal procedures" is comforted by a leaping pig? Ooookaaay. And for the record: I'm with him, not the Muslim.