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Dog Days (2001)
"Hundstage" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  9 November 2001 (Italy)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter ...
The hitchhiker
Alfred Mrva ...
Security Guard
Erich Finsches ...
Old Man
Gerti Lehner ...
Housekeeper
Franziska Weisz ...
Young Girl
Rene Wanko ...
Friend
Claudia Martini ...
The Ex-Wife
Victor Rathbone ...
The Ex-Husband
Christian Bakonyi ...
Masseur
Christine Jirku ...
Teacher
Viktor Hennemann ...
The Lover
Georg Friedrich ...
The Lover's Friend
Ingeborg Wehofer ...
Car accident victim
Leopold Schlol ...
Car scratch victim
Silvia Piglmann ...
Car scratch victim
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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 <jmm@inutil.org>

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Second in the poll for FIPRESCI GRAND PRIX OF THE YEAR 2002. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie in front of the supermarket the boom mic and the camera are reflected in a car window. See more »

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Oddly Compelling....
21 February 2013 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not the sort of movie you expect to find for 99p in a medieval market town's Cash Converters!

I HAD seen Dog Days before, probably on Film 4, where such oddities belong but unaware of this director's subsequent films, though I had seen Import/Export on F4 but not made the connection.

Firstly, I find it strange that many, including some reviewers here have the notion that Austria to be a genteel place. They're human as everybody is everywhere, whether that be LA, London or Vienna. And didn't a certain A. Hitler come from Austria and more significantly, cinematic provocateur extraordinaire, Michael Haneke is Austrian and all his early movies were about and showing almost exactly the same kind of under-the-target unrest and spiralling human life of his fellow Austrians.

To be honest, whilst Haneke is much more the international film-maker (the Oscars in 2013, I believe?) and is much revered, critically, I find his rather sadistic and humourless approach just a bit too trying.

Uri's sardonic and often ridiculous scenarios are often achingly funny

  • such as the habitual hitch-hiker who soon gets spouting off crazy top
ten lists, obviously not knowing what they mean (top ten positions for lovemaking, for example, then, for most popular models of TVs).

Filmed in one long heat-wave with lots of (frankly) overweight Austrians removing their clothing as much as they can - and not just for sex - adds to the strangeness and won't appeal to everyone, but in the 34C heat and in and around our own homes, wouldn't we want to do this too?

There are quite long periods of fairly trivial talk about trivial things - but what might be trivial to the modern suburban Viennese, is actually strangely fascinating for us. Then, there are quite long periods of sadistic cruelty - visiting Haneke's 'Funny Games' territory and as much enjoyment. These, as they should be, are an uncomfortable watch and their inclusion might be questioned, but I would guess are as otherwise the whole exercise would be a quirky, near freak-show comedy.

There are simply too may elements to go into - and if you're not one who can handle a couple of minutes of actual hardcore orgy porn, filmed specially, not as a video on someone's TV, simply ignore this movie. Over ten years have passed since this movie came out and time and viewing habits and expectations have obviously lessened many of the potential shock elements, now.

Indeed, there's almost nothing new here, that hasn't been said, now. That aside, no genre is seemingly unique now and Dog Days still appeals due to its fresh fizz and liberal attitudes. It still remains a unique viewing experience and for the liberally minded adult, has much to offer as both an offbeat social statement as well as entertainment.


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