Wow, I am so surprised at how many people have been offended by the pig scene. Unless you a re a vegetarian, I don't really see what anyone else has to complain about. If you're that disturbed at seeing a pig get chosen, then maybe you should reconsider eating meat all together. How else do you think the other meat on your plate gets there?
The way Alexia's family did it actually choosing the pig from a smaller farm and eating it fresh is actually much better than most of the meat we get in the store where god only knows how far it travelled to get there.
I suppose it is just a cultural thing that American's are unaccustomed to? Surprising, when most of the world eats this way, and would think our shopping at big named grocery stores picking up meat wrapped in plastic is strange.