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Baxter (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Horror  |  18 January 1989 (France)
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A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

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Madame Deville
Jean Mercure ...
Monsieur Cuzzo
Jacques Spiesser ...
Michel Ferrer
Catherine Ferran ...
Florence Morel
Jean-Paul Roussillon ...
Joseph Barsky
Sabrina Leurquin ...
Noelle
Daniel Rialet ...
Jean
Evelyne Didi ...
Marie Cuzzo
Rémy Carpentier ...
Roger Morel
Jany Gastaldi ...
Anne Ferrer
François Driancourt ...
Charles
Ève Ziberlin ...
Veronique
Malcom Scrannage ...
Jean-Jean
Léa Gabriele ...
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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>

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Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content

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beware of the dog
6 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A maladjusted bull terrier finds the perfect master in a psychotic suburban teenage boy who, when he isn't slapping his hand on thumbtacks to teach himself pain, is busy building a scale replica of Hitler's bunker. Needless to say, the star of this unusual French novelty item is a far cry from Lassie, and the already perverse scenario is made even more strange by maintaining the dog's point of view, with voice-over narration by Baxter himself, a device that could only have worked in a subtitled film. It all adds up to a small cautionary fable about the consequences of neglect and cruelty, to both animals and children, with an implicit critique of fascism summed up by Baxter's last words: "never be obedient". The moral is clear, but the message is mixed, because Baxter's obedience is already selective: his primitive canine instincts can sometimes override his training. But the film certainly has cult potential, and with a concise running time of only 82 minutes it won't likely tax anyone's patience.


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