The Advocate

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Released 1993

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Director:
Leslie Megahey
Released:
1993
Rating:
R
The Advocate, also known as The Hour of the Pig, is a 1993 drama directed by Leslie Megahey. In 15th century France, Richard Courtois (Colin Firth) is an enlightened lawyer who takes the job of an advocate, or public defender, in the rural village of Abbeville. In the small community, the superstitious villagers still practice the medieval policy of trying animals for crimes related to witchcraft and murder. Along with his clerk, Mathieu (Jim Carter), Courtois finds himself involved in ridiculous cases in which rats are called in to testify as witnesses and donkeys are accused of bestiality. Soon, he finds that he must defend a pig accused of murdering a young Jewish child. The pig is owned by Mahmoud (Sami Bouajila) and his sister Samira (Amina Annabi), who are Moors traveling through the town. They ask Curtois to pardon the pig, because it is their only food for the upcoming winter. When Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre (Nicole Williamson), the ruler of the town, decides that he want the pig to be executed, Courtois discovers that there is more to the murder case than meets the eye.moreless
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