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La vie d'un chien (2005)

 -  Short  -  22 January 2005 (USA)
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Paris, 1962. A scientist formulates a serum that transforms him into a dog. It's only when he changes back into a human that his troubles begin�

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Paris, 1962. A scientist formulates a serum that transforms him into a dog. It's only when he changes back into a human that his troubles begin�

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Among the arcane cars in the film is a 1965 Bond Equipe GT4S, a rare British car designed by famous racer Lawrie Bond. This car, shown with both doors open, appears in the oceanside scene where two 'dogs' are running down the beach, abandoning their car and their old lives. See more »

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Not only an affectionate spoof of La jetée but also an engaging and comic story
24 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

La jetée is probably known to most people for the same reason as it is to me – it is a short film that you watched in the late-90's because you really enjoyed 12 Monkeys and Terry Gilliam name-dropped it as an inspiration to him in making that film. I'd love to say I knew the film inside and out but to be honest it has a very long time since I watched it (although I must do again in the light of this). This film "Life of a Dog" homages that film by the manner of the telling – it tells of the fall of society through French narration and black & white still photographs. However, in this film the fall of society is brought about by a drug that enables humans to transform into dogs.

The delivery is very dry and totally captures the pacing and feel of La jetée but at the same time doesn't mock it – it does it in an affectionate and familiar manner that is quite pleasing to see. Within this though the plot is absurd enough that it entertains even if only because of the contrast between the manner of delivery (French, dry, serious) and the content (absurd, nonsense). It also helps that it does have some deliberately funny bits but generally the artistic phrasing of the words and the tone made it funny for me on the basis of the contrast.

John Harden is to be commended – this is a great short film that pleases on several levels. His knowledge of cinema will please many but for me it is his ability to take that and affectionately mock it while also paying tribute to it that works best for me. Just a great short film.


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