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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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Follows Fun Without Limits (1998) See more »

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Humanity at its most Desperate and Pathetic.
15 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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