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Hundstage (2001)

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 ...
die Autostopperin
Alfred Mrva ...
der Mann für die Sicherheit
Erich Finsches ...
der alte Mann
Gerti Lehner ...
die Haushälterin
...
das junge Mädchen (as Franziska Weiß)
Rene Wanko ...
der Freund
Claudia Martini ...
die Ex-Ehefrau
Victor Rathbone ...
der Ex-Ehemann
Christian Bakonyi ...
der Masseur
Christine Jirku ...
die Lehrerin
Viktor Hennemann ...
der Liebhaber
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der Freund des Liebhabers
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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9 November 2001 (Italy)  »

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Dog Days  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,267, 24 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,031, 1 September 2003
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Referenced in Böse Zellen (2003) See more »

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A perfect film about life as it often is: Brutal, hard to take but sometimes very beautiful
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is great. As often heard, it is indeed very realistic and sometimes brutal, but unlike some other people I am clearly not of the opinion that it is depressing, negativistic or dismantling Austria as a proto-fascist society. Quite the contrary: While there are indeed some very heavy scenes in HUNDSTAGE and some characters are to be called very bad persons, at the same time you watch love, beauty and humor in Ulrich Seidls film. And that's exactly what distinguishes HUNDSTAGE for me from other films that try to show the lives of the 'ordinary people' in an intense, realistic way; their hustle, their wishes, their dark sides: Seidl clearly never tries to prove, that the lives of the working-class people are trash! In my opinion, viewers who come to this conclusion seem to be very afraid of admitting, that nearly nobody's live is as 'clean' and 'normal' as we would like other people to believe. And that every live has its dark and often depressing sides. The most beautiful scene: The old Viennese man, watching his old girl dancing 'the oriental way', as he is calling it. I think everybody who finds this scene ugly lacks a sense of beauty and should ask themselves what it is, that's proto-fascist: The characters in HUNDSTAGE or viewers, who are turned off by the body of a 70+ year old woman, dancing with all her charms for her lover.


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