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31 August 2007 (Ireland) See more »
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Has the world left you a stray?
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A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Molly Shannon ... Peggy

Laura Dern ... Bret

Regina King ... Layla

Thomas McCarthy ... Pier

Josh Pais ... Robin

John C. Reilly ... Al

Peter Sarsgaard ... Newt

Amy Schlagel ... Lissie

Zoe Schlagel ... Lissie

Dale Godboldo ... Don
Inara George ... Holly

Liza Weil ... Trishelle
Jon Shere ... Pound Employee

Christy Moore ... Al's Girlfriend (as Christy Lynn Moore)

Audrey Wasilewski ... Audrey

Brenda Canela ... Brenda

Craig Cackowski ... Craig

Steve Berg ... Steve
Susan Mackin ... Susan
Chuck Duffy ... Jeff

Sonya Eddy ... Nurse
Ursula Brauner ... Dog Owner

Giddle Partridge ... Blond Floozie
Benjamin Koesling ... Benjy
Dominik Koesling ... Benjy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jimmy the Dog ... Dog (uncredited)
Dan Kapelovitz ... Bag Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mike White 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike White (written by)

Produced by
Dede Gardner .... producer
Ben LeClair .... producer
Nan Morales .... executive producer
Brad Pitt .... executive producer
Mike White .... producer
Jack Black .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
 
Casting by
Meredith Tucker 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Bradford 
 
Art Direction by
Macie Vener 
 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Laura Dern
Raqueli Dahan .... additional makeup artist
Roma Goddard .... hair stylist
Norma Lee .... key hair stylist
Lisa Nash-Jones .... key makeup artist
Dionne Smith .... makeup department head (as Dionne P. Smith)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven F. Beaupre .... second assistant director
Scott Robertson .... first assistant director
Nikki Swasey Seaton .... second second assistant director (as Nicole Swasey)
 
Art Department
John W. Baldwin .... toolperson
Don Barker .... set dresser
Steve Borgese .... greens supervisor
Mark Boucher .... paint foreperson
Christian Brennan .... art department assistant
David Christopher Campbell .... propmaker foreperson (as David C. Campbell)
Peggy Casey .... lead set buyer
Juliane Crump .... art department assistant
Todd Daniels .... set dresser
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction coordinator
Gerald Donahoe .... set dresser
Philip Ginolfi .... labor foreperson
Linda Griffis .... art department coordinator
Jon Kazunaga .... propmaker foreperson
Andy Knight .... propmaker foreperson
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser
Stephen McCumby .... property assistant
Ron 'Butch' Montgomery .... construction general foreperson (as Butch Montgomery)
Roderick Nunnally .... paint supervisor (as Rod Nunnally)
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Michelle Spears .... property master
Scott B. Valdes .... on-set painter (as Scott Valdes)
Heather L. Watson .... leadperson
Chris Withrow .... foreperson
Chris Withrow .... gangboss
Rainer Wolf .... labor foreperson
Jane Fitts .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bradford Bell .... foley recordist
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Robert Eber .... sound mixer (as Robert D. Eber)
Aaron Glascock .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Tim LeBlanc .... sound mix assistant
Wayne Lemmer .... assistant sound editor
Jared Marshack .... sound mix assistant
Michael Mesirow .... cable person
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist
John Roesch .... foley artist
Kira Roessler .... dialogue editor (as Kira)
Curt Schulkey .... sound re-recording mixer
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
John Joseph Thomas .... foley supervisor (as John Thomas)
John Joseph Thomas .... sound effects editor (as John Thomas)
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Thomas Mertz .... special effects coordinator (as Tom Mertz)
 
Visual Effects by
Dick Edwards .... visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects
 
Stunts
William Morts .... stunt coordinator (as Billy Morts)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip
Glenn Cannon .... video assist operator
Alan Caudillo .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ted Chu .... additional camera operator
Vidal Cohen .... first company grip
Louis DiCesare .... chief lighting technician
Tim Durr .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Timothy Durr)
Michael Fastoso .... second company rigging grip
Erin Franklyn .... grip
Roy C. Granada .... location rigging technician (as Roy Granada)
David Haskin .... electrician
Mark Hochman .... 24 frame playback technician
Jimi Johnson .... video assist operator
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Linda Källérus)
Mako Koiwai .... first assistant camera: second unit (as F. Mako Koiwai)
Michelle Mann .... assistant camera: "b" camera
John McCormack .... stage rigging technician
Michael K. O'Melia .... chief rigging technician
Dustin Pearlman .... film loader
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera operator
Brendon Phillips .... electrician
Joseph Prado .... second company grip
Lex Rawlins .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nikola Ristic .... electrician
Michael A. Savage .... first company rigging grip (as Michael Savage)
Moulaye Sene .... electrician (as Indrissa Moulaye Sene)
Matthew J. Siegel .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Lee Smith .... grip
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Mark Venezia .... grip
Chris Walden .... generator operator (as Chris D. Walden)
Rick Whitfield .... 24 frame playback supervisor
Niel Williams .... grip
 
Casting Department
Tina Kerr .... background casting
Ashley Slater .... casting assistant
Jacque Lawson .... extras coordinator: on set (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeannine Bourdaghs .... on-set costumer
Anita Louise Brown .... key costumer (as Anita Brown)
Dana Griffin .... costume production assistant
Stacy Horn .... costume supervisor (as Stacy M. Horn)
Suzanne Robertson .... on-set costumer (as Suzy Robertson)
 
Editorial Department
Lori Ball .... additional editor
Robert Benedict .... editorial production assistant
George Chavez .... color timer
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant editor: avid
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson-Fraser)
Pablo Prietto .... assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
James Gadd .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Adam Blau .... score coordinator
Fernand Bos .... additional music editor
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Andrew Hausmann .... music librarian (as Andrew Hauschild)
Greg Hayes .... assistant score recording engineer
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Larry Mah .... additional score mixer
Mike Nowak .... conductor: orchestra
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Noah Scot Snyder .... digital score recordist (as Noah Snyder)
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Casey Stone .... music scoring recordist
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor
Terry Wilson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Jack R. Campbell .... transportation co-captain
Bert Fernandez .... transportation dispatcher
Mike Riportella .... transportation captain
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
Rob Byer .... driver: fuel truck (uncredited)
Bruce Callahan .... transportation (uncredited)
Vicki Sousa .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
David Bax .... production assistant
Kim Bonham .... animal trainer
Ursula Brauner .... head animal trainer
Jon Bruno .... adr loop group
Joshua Bryant .... stand-in: Mr. Sarsgaard
Jennifer Byrd .... stand-in: Ms. King (as Jenn Byrd)
Kathleen Marie Carr .... stand-in: Ms. Shannon (as Kathleen Carr)
Donna Corwin .... studio teacher
Emily Currie .... assistant: Mr. Gardner
Cris De Arce .... production assistant
Jason De Meo .... accounting clerk
Brian Demonbreun .... stand-in: Mr. Reilly
Devon Evans .... animal trainer
Charles Fagin .... assistant location manager
France Myung Fagin .... location manager
Heidi Falconer .... unit publicist
Manuel Figueroa .... production assistant
Eric Fitzgerald .... titles
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Max Grey .... set intern
Nicholas Guest .... adr loop group
Mark Harden .... assistant animal trainer
Jason Harris .... adr loop group
Shelly Heyward .... production assistant (as Shelly M. Heyward)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Natalie Hsieh .... set production assistant
Mary Jasionowski .... production accountant
Stephen Kardell .... assistant location manager: Boston (as Stephen E. Kardell)
Phillip Knoedel .... construction medic
Angela Kodicek .... stand-in: Ms. Dern
Kate Lott .... production assistant
James E. Maddux .... location medic
Amanda J. Mantovani .... assistant: Ms, Shannon
Frank McGrath .... production assistant
Karl Brian Miller .... animal trainer
Stephanie A. Purdy .... animal trainer
Lynne Redding .... adr loop group
Beatriz Rivas .... payroll accountant
Melissa Robinson .... consultant: product placement
Rebecca Robinson .... assistant: Mr. White
Al Rodrigo .... adr loop group
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Jennifer Scott .... first assistant accountant
Stan Sellers .... adr loop group
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Jon Shere .... project consultant
John Summers .... stand-in for Thomas McCarthy
Elizabeth Swackhamer .... adr loop group
Emily Takehara .... post-production accountant
Hirotatsu Taniguchi .... production assistant
Amy H. Tung .... assistant production coordinator
Diane Ward .... production coordinator
Claudette Wells .... adr loop group
Jeff White .... assistant: Mr. Sarsgaard
Katherine Grace .... layout board (uncredited)
Noel Davis Poyner .... publicity intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Miguel Arteta .... thanks
Matthew Greenfield .... thanks
Alicia Silverstone .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive references
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97 min
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The website where Molly makes her card is a real website for making greeting cards.See more »
Quotes:
Layla:I believe that there is somebody on this planet for us all. Even retarded cripple people get married. You just have to be open. So maybe your dog died so your love life could live.See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Far from being a bit of a dog's dinner, this independent film about grief and social alienation does enough to illicit a positive response., 26 September 2011
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

Year of the Dog is another one of those films attempting to get under the skin of the notion that comedy and one's potential to fall into madness, at least cinematically, are closer than you initially think. As a matter of opinion, comedy and madness, or the idea that a character can loose control of their surroundings after having existed within the realms they occupied for so long, can indeed go hand in hand; they can play out in a balanced fashion, particularly when there's something especially biting or satirical about it, resulting in pieces from recent years along the lines of Verbinski's The Weather Man or Harron's American Psycho. Take this, and sprinkle in a little bit of sub-text to do with contemporary suburban America and the oddballs one would seemingly encounter within such an environment, and you have what people like to describe as an "off beat" film trying to cover some serious ground, albeit getting tangled up somewhat in the process.

Year of the Dog's lead is Molly Shannon's Peggy, a middle aged American woman living alone in a nice American neighbourhood, on a nice estate, in a decent house and with her pride and joy in the form of her pet dog she names Pencil. To say she loves Pencil understates things somewhat; she all of adorns him, lavishing attention on the thing no end – even allowing it to sleep with her on her bed come the nighttime which, to some, would be the beginnings of madness before all the strife has really begun. The pair of them are so attuned to one another, and she to the species in general, that during walks in the park, Peggy cannot help but stare lovingly at all the other pooches owned by all the other people doing as she does now, while Pencil is even granted some brief screen time of his own when he agonisingly watches her back out of the driveway to get to work thus, he is tragically left all be himself. Peggy's life is what it is: single, but more than happy with her pet. Where her boss has his work and Peggy's brother Pier (McCarthy), plus his wife Bret (Dern), have their very young children, Peggy has her dog.

Her boss is Robin (Pais), a largely inanimate gentleman with a reservedly cold tone. He outlines certain harsh realities in his office that morning at work, the background of his composition busy with a motorway in the distance plus traffic charging in either direction; hers, in comparison, is the rest of the office: a stilted and quieter set of items on show highlighting respective positions in life as specific facts broadly linked to ability and qualifications are mercilessly outlined. Her work colleague is the busier Layla (King), an African-American woman with a penchant for films; a cheating partner and some pretty lousy advice for our heroine when things get tougher later on. Those things arrive when poor Pencil dies, a mysterious death at a relatively young age when he is heard yelping and yapping one summer's morning out in a neighbour's back garden. It is Al's (Reilly) garden in which Pencil is found, dialogue with the man revealing he too lost a dog when he was very young and helped combat it by maintaining an interest in hunting. Briefly, the film' hypothesis rears up and it is no mystery as to why the scenes with Al work as well as they do, with this idea of grief, and ways in which to deal with grief, simmering beneath a surface while never fully blooming out into a constructed whole.

What follows is a film essentially showing to us why it is that, at least socially, our Peggy could never quite hit it off with humans and found such solace with animals. She comes to occupy lonely places peppered with bright hues of colour; breaks at work scored with music you'd more than likely hear rolling out over a baby's crib as a parent attempts to get them to fall asleep, very much instilling a certain child-like sensibility about her. We observe Peggy effectively begin her life anew, the death of Pencil the upsetting of the established norm and systematically launching her out onto a slide downwards in psychological well-being when she is forced from beginning again at the bottom in acquiring a new dog and rebuilding. Trips to family members Bret and Pier feel unnecessary; the mutual affiliation she has with Newt (Sarsgaard), a pound working animal specialist, are tied up in there somewhere while a sub-plot to do with co-worker Layla's man having an affair known only to Peggy is dropped in for good measure.

On the overly positive side, Shannon does well to carry the film; doing so with that look about her face, that expression which constantly suggests a deeper, more unremitting sense of tragedy and pain beneath an exterior which you could be told is one of a joyous person, and yet still be moved to ask questions. She has something going about her alluding to stark emotion just waiting to explode out of her that has, so far, been repressed. Things connect and link up with one another uneasily in Year of the Dog, and the electricity is only sporadic in its arriving to the forefront; the idea of the grief and confusion born out of the death of a pet not working quite so well as other ideas did in the aforementioned examples, but making for a film straddling a line between blackly comedic urban drama and a flat-out tragedy asking us to just break down at get seriously upset. Over it looms the ghost of Jeunet's 2001 film Amélie, and while at times its politically imbued content gets the better of it, often forcing it to come across as a Vegan convert video or a self-aware animal rights promotional film, it holds up its end neatly enough.

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