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18 January 1989 (France) See more »
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Beware of the dog who thinks
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Completely bizarre French black comedy! See more (23 total) »

Cast

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Lise Delamare ... 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 ... Eva Braun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxime Leroux ... Baxter (voice)

Directed by
Jérôme Boivin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Audiard  writer
Jérôme Boivin  writer
Ken Greenhall  novel

Produced by
Daniel Deschamps .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Ariel Zeitoun .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Hillman 
Patrick Roffé 
 
Cinematography by
Yves Angelo 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josée Audiard 
 
Production Design by
Dominique Maleret 
 
Set Decoration by
Véronique Melery 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frédéric Blum .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
François Waledisch .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Valérie Blier .... photographer
Laurent Fleutot .... assistant camera
Kommer Kleijn .... second camera operator
Richard Weber .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne David .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
 

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Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content
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82 min
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Completely bizarre French black comedy!, 26 December 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Films where animals are given a persona and a human voice have long been a staple of children's entertainment, but I can't think of a single film made for adults where this is the case. With the exception of oddball French flick 'Baxter', of course! Any film with a premise as weird as this one is bound to become a must see for yours truly, but this is an idea which, when fused with black comedy, certainly has the potential to be great, and Jérôme Boivin's film comes close to fulfilling that promise. The film has a couple of points to make, and tries to fuse them with the perspective of a dog. The film follows Baxter - a bull terrier given to an old lady by her daughter. Baxter isn't fond of his owner, but she keeps him because she's lonely. However, it's not long before Baxter decides he's had enough and the old woman meets an untimely end. Baxter then moves on to the young couple across the street, where's he's happy for a while again, right up until their baby is born and he gets his nose pushed out. Baxter is searching for a human like him; and unfortunately, he soon finds one.

The film shows that no matter how evil a mind an animal has, there's always a human with a worse one. Baxter succeeds in showing life from the point of view of a supposedly obedient animal, and the most powerful things in this respect are the things that show the dog at it's most instinctive - things like mating with another dog and bending to his masters' will. The dog in this film may be a comical impression of the real life 'mans best friend', but somehow it doesn't feel so unbelievable that you can't buy into the film. The main reason why this film is so eerie owes to the voice artist behind the dog. Maxime Leroux's voice gives Baxter a distinctive air of evil and authority, which suits the dog well. The things that the dog says are always interesting and often insightful, which helps the film to create an absurd atmosphere as dogs aren't usually associated with intellectual intelligence. The conclusion to the film is undoubtedly shocking and completely surprising, and works really well. Overall, Baxter is too weird a film to ignore and for that reason if nothing else, it gets my full recommendation.

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