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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

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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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some disturbing behavior/violence | See all certifications »

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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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Follows Fun Without Limits (1998) See more »

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Explores unearthed suburban life
12 September 2001 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the 2001 Toronto international film festival. The working title there was 'Dog Days'. The audience reaction was mixed. Some people found the graphic sex and realistic violence to be too much for them. Others seemed to genuinely appreciate how good this film was.

This film isn't for the faint of heart. It's like 'Happiness' with explicit sex and a less optimistic view of humanity. There's animal poisoning, a strip-tease from a senior citizen, an orgy'esque' bathouse in a shopping centre, anal candle penetration, and the molestation of the mentally incompetent.

If any of this sounds like too much to handle then this film isn't for you. This film shows humanity at its most desperate and pathetic. The banality of our existence is shoved in our face with utmost glee.

Seidl has no interest in redeeming humanity here. And why should he? This film features excellent performances from all involved, is always interesting, and is probably the most intelligent social statement to be made on film in awhile.


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