Her daughter Florence gives Mrs. Deville bull-terrier Baxter as a surprise present. Although she's afraid of him, she doesn't want to give him away because she feels lonely. But Baxter has his own ideas - he longs to be dominated, to be challenged - and so he isn't content with his boring life with the old lady. To get rid of her, he causes an accident. It works, and he's given to the neighbors, a young couple. He's happy... for a while. When they get a baby, he again takes action. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
I rented Baxter based upon the recommendation of a video store clerk and am glad that I did. The film was unique in that it is shot from the perspective of a dog...but rather than anthropomorphizing the dog, it makes a great attempt to capture what an animal's actual perspective might be. In doing so, it also challenges those conceits which lead people to lay claim to being a "higher" species. The movie achieves this by juxtaposing the behavior of Baxter, who acts without malice but rather out of pure natural impulse, with that of the humans he encounters. By creating this contrast, the film does an excellent job of holding up a mirror to the darker elements of human nature. I'm very glad that I saw this film and would highly recommend it.
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