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Baxter (1989)

A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

Director:

Jérôme Boivin

Writers:

Jacques Audiard (scenario), Jérôme Boivin (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lise Delamare ... Madame Deville
Jean Mercure ... Monsieur Cuzzo
Jacques Spiesser ... Michel Ferrer
Catherine Ferran Catherine Ferran ... Florence Morel
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Joseph Barsky
Sabrina Leurquin Sabrina Leurquin ... Noelle
Daniel Rialet Daniel Rialet ... Jean
Evelyne Didi ... Marie Cuzzo
Rémy Carpentier Rémy Carpentier ... Roger Morel
Jany Gastaldi Jany Gastaldi ... Anne Ferrer
François Driancourt François Driancourt ... Charles
Ève Ziberlin Ève Ziberlin ... Veronique
Malcom Scrannage Malcom Scrannage ... Jean-Jean
Léa Gabriele Léa Gabriele ... Eva Braun
M. Gontzcharoff M. Gontzcharoff ... L'historien russe
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Storyline

Her daughter Florence gives Mrs. Deville bull-terrier Baxter as a surprise present. Although she's afraid of him, she doesn't want to give him away because she feels lonely. But Baxter has his own ideas - he longs to be dominated, to be challenged - and so he isn't content with his boring life with the old lady. To get rid of her, he causes an accident. It works, and he's given to the neighbors, a young couple. He's happy... for a while. When they get a baby, he again takes action. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Beware of the dog who thinks

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content | See all certifications »

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A dark exploration of the beastly spirit
16 April 2017 | by EffettoKirlianSee all my reviews

Baxter is a French movie inspired by Ken Greenhall's Hell Hound novel. Set in Belgian suburbs, it revolves around the relation between a dog called Baxter and his owners – those he calls "the humans". Indeed, this is a dog that thinks and speaks aloud! But, far from being a Scooby Doo or a Beethoven, Baxter's behavior is far more realistic, and beastly. As we soon discover, Baxter is a creature with a strong character and distinct tastes, which will lead the story in unexpected directions.

The narration is structured in an initial prologue followed by three segments, one for each of Baxter's owners. The movie is occasionally humorous, but overall very dark and serious. It explores the beastly spirit found in animals as well as in humans, and the joys and sorrows of a discipline of obedience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 January 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bell mir das Lied vom Tod See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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