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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.

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Jérôme Boivin

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lise Delamare Lise Delamare ... Madame Deville
Jean Mercure Jean Mercure ... Monsieur Cuzzo
Jacques Spiesser Jacques Spiesser ... Michel Ferrer
Catherine Ferran Catherine Ferran ... Florence Morel
Jean-Paul Roussillon 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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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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Beware of the dog who thinks

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content

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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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Interesting, dark film
1 October 2007 | by acosenza17See all my reviews

I rented Baxter based upon the recommendation of a video store clerk and am glad that I did. The film was unique in that it is shot from the perspective of a dog...but rather than anthropomorphizing the dog, it makes a great attempt to capture what an animal's actual perspective might be. In doing so, it also challenges those conceits which lead people to lay claim to being a "higher" species. The movie achieves this by juxtaposing the behavior of Baxter, who acts without malice but rather out of pure natural impulse, with that of the humans he encounters. By creating this contrast, the film does an excellent job of holding up a mirror to the darker elements of human nature. I'm very glad that I saw this film and would highly recommend it.


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