In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple...
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This is a film about the 'students ball' in Horn, the little Austrian town Seidl grew up. The movie portraits the young débutantes as well as the local notables, all of them eagerly involved in maintaining the stiff and stifling ritual.
In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple with a serious marriage problem and an old man, whose wife died long before on the search for some sexual entertainment live their lives while their lifelines cross from time to time. Written by
Moritz Muehlenhoff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Austria is my least favourite European country and this film sums it up a treat. Like Germany or Holland without the humour factor. This is Ulrich Seidl's best film to date. Self parody, like a lot of Austrian cinema, such as Import/Export and most of Michael Haneke's output. Brilliant film-making. An experimental documentary-style study of depressed characters in a depressing suburb in Austria during a summer heatwave. A thought-provoking film and its conclusions are pretty damning on the whole. But not for everyones viewing. There is no plot and therefore the viewer is forced to continue to watch the six character stories or observations in order to see the point of it all. Rather slow-paced, it deals with everyday life's madness. A collection of 6 parallel stories - more like incidents from the most miserable people'e everyday life. It shows people humiliating other people and being cruel to other people. It shows the inability of people to communicate or talk with others. It is also one of those films that you have to watch again and again just in case you missed something. Hundstage is an intentionally ugly study of life in a dreary suburb of Vienna. I could be based in any other tidy and organised Austrian city. As observational cinema it is a little gem - and very challenging.
So much better than the standard Hollywood carp we are all fed these days.
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