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The Wild Dogs (2002)

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Set during the cull of the stray dogs in the city of Bucharest, The Wild Dogs weaves together a week in the lives of several citizens of and visitors to the hauntingly beautiful city. ... See full summary »



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Set during the cull of the stray dogs in the city of Bucharest, The Wild Dogs weaves together a week in the lives of several citizens of and visitors to the hauntingly beautiful city. Geordie, a visiting Canadian pornographer, Bogdan, a reluctant city dog-catcher, and Natalie, a lonely Diplomat's wife - each risks losing everything as they become embroiled in the struggles of Bucharest's abandoned children, gypsies, dogs and beggars. Written by imX Communications

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Between Canada and Romania
8 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is not easy to watch a movie about Bucharest, after living for 5 years in Canada as an emigrant.Honestly, I have cried a lot. Why? I love my born country and I respect and appreciate my adopt country. I experienced,in my own way,all the suffer and changes happened with my country,with my people in communism time and after the communism fell.

In this movie,Thom Fitgerald exposed a cruel reality not fictional at all as some of us could consider it.Therefore, I believe that many Romanians share a common trauma about the events which are happening now in our society.However,in the past,Bucharest was known as " little Paris ", nowadays even we could still discover beautiful things there, the ambiance is more and less as we can see in "Wild Dogs".For this reason,it is very hard for somebody from outside to discover and why not to show the discrepancy between horrible and unbelievable facts and the amazing spirituality, the deep philosophy of life, the great values which still exist in Bucharest-Romania, East Europe or other places around the world.

On the other hand, I was so shocked to see again in this movie the phenomenal paradox regarding Bucharest' dogs during the end of 20th century and at the beginning of 21 century.I remember that I could not rest because of their barking in the middle of night,I was attacked by many of them during pregnancy,I was tired and desperate avoiding the shits,I was afraid to walk in a lot of spots where they behave like the animals in the wildness,I fed them and I played with their puppies, my daughter also had her canine friends or her canine enemies which bite her twice,it broke our heart when we saw them poisoned, etc.The conclusion is:I felt sorry for them and I despited them in the same time.

In Bucharest case,both for human beings and animals has been created a desperate situation which is still waiting for a kind of miracle to solve it.It seems like slices from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novels embodied into Bucharest world.

Finally,this movie is a precious gift for me,I am very thankful to Thom Fitzgerald and his crew and I will recommend it to all of us who still have hope in humanity, who still have compassion, sensibility and the belief that all the living things are the children of only one mother, the Earth ;also I will recommend to all my compatriots who are living in diaspora and who could see again our capital tortured in an absurd an chaotic way even in a new century.

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