I deactivated my facebook last night so the readership of this website is going to drop GREATLY. Pig Pile was last night and I got this title from Ashley. It’s a period piece but I don’t feel like figuring out what period it belongs in.
The movie open on a black screen that displays the following, pausing before revealing the second definition.
1. each of two circular stones for grinding grain
2. a heavy and escapable responsibility
Rebekah wakes before dawn. She dresses plainly and practically and begins waking up her younger siblings. They each in turn get to work around the house getting a small breakfast together. She then heads in to check on their sick father. They all head out to work on the farm. They all sit tired around a simple dinner. Some music is played on simple instruments. They all return to bed.
We skip ahead to the following day where it all starts again. This time, a wealthy looking man visits Rebekah. He says he owns the new mill and is interested in hiring children. He has heard that this family would need the money with many youngsters around, no mother, and a sick father. She tells him that they are well enough and sends him on his way. He seems interested in her.
That night their father joins them at the dinner table and this surprises the children. He says he heard the man’s offer and thinks that money would be good for them. We hear that he is not happy with her running things, but the eldest son is still a young child. He declares the youngest 2 will go work the mill while Rebekah and her 2 other siblings will work the farm.
Rebekah brings her siblings to the mill and is invited to have lunch with Mr. Davis. He flirts with her further but she is uninterested in his advances. Time goes by and her siblings, while bringing home money and the occasional gift from Davis are even more tired and downtrodden than before. Her father dies and they have more struggles paying for things and keeping the farm going.
Word gets to Rebekah that one of her younger siblings at the mill has his hand terribly crushed by the millstone. This is the eldest male sibling. Davis pays for him to get medical attention but he loses the hand.
Davis comes to visit the farm and proposes to Rebekah. He says this will be for the best. The children would have to work less and some of them even get schooling. She begrudgingly agrees. Her family moves in with Davis but few seem happy. They are running out of time to plant for the season at the farm and feel restless. Davis tries to remind them that farming is no longer their concern.
Davis seems to have his own money problems from lenders and investors and seems to be a bit of a crook. He has sex with Rebekah but it’s an incredibly uncomfortable scene. He takes his anger out on her and her siblings about money and her lack of pregnancy. Thinks get even more strained until one evening she finds him flirting with one of her younger sisters.
The next morning Rebekah wakes before dawn. She dresses plainly and practically and begins waking up her younger siblings. They each in turn get to work around the house getting a small breakfast together. They eat and she leads them outside. She leads them across town to their farm where they get to work planning. In the distance we hear shouting and screams over a fire. The camera pans over the family working on their land as smoke rises in the distance.