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Hundstage (2001)

In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple... See full summary »

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Ulrich Seidl

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... die Autostopperin
Alfred Mrva Alfred Mrva ... der Mann für die Sicherheit
Erich Finsches Erich Finsches ... der alte Mann
Gerti Lehner Gerti Lehner ... die Haushälterin / the housekeeper
Franziska Weisz ... das junge Mädchen / the young girl (as Franziska Weiß)
Rene Wanko Rene Wanko ... der Freund des jungen Mädchens / young girl's boyfriend
Claudia Martini Claudia Martini ... Georgos Ex-Frau / Georgos' ex-wife
Victor Rathbone Victor Rathbone ... Georgos / Ex-Ehemann / the ex-husband
Christian Bakonyi Christian Bakonyi ... der Masseur / the masseur
Christine Jirku Christine Jirku ... die Lehrerin / the teacher
Viktor Hennemann Viktor Hennemann ... Wicker / der Liebhaber der Lehrerin / teacher's lover
Georg Friedrich ... Lucky / Wickers Freund / Wicker's friend
Ingeborg Wehofer Ingeborg Wehofer ... Car accident victim
Leopold Schlol Leopold Schlol ... Car scratch victim
Silvia Piglmann Silvia Piglmann ... Car scratch victim
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Storyline

In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple with a serious marriage problem and an old man, whose wife died long before on the search for some sexual entertainment live their lives while their lifelines cross from time to time. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some disturbing behavior/violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,267, 24 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,031, 1 September 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second in the poll for FIPRESCI GRAND PRIX OF THE YEAR 2002. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie in front of the supermarket the boom mic and the camera are reflected in a car window. See more »

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Referenced in Böse Zellen (2003) See more »

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The truth is always reasonable, or is it?
25 January 2002 | by ifazSee all my reviews

Trailers of this movie may show scenes of violence or non mainstream sexuality, but these scenes are just rare fragments, picked out to attract audience. They are, of course showing the main message of the movie:

People who are constantly kicked on their heads in their jobs and lives, using power, which they may have somewhere else, to notoriously oppress others. And at the low end of the oppression chain, mostly women.

A movie showing this as brutally as Hundstage is surely tough to face, but having to endure such lives, is even tougher.

Technically the film is much like Short Cuts, but consisting of documentary style episodes, featuring people like your neighbour, playing just the way they are. Without any glitter, and most disturbingly, without any hope. Its documentary style makes the movie even more disturbing, because you realize, such people are out there, and there are many of them, although our society focuses on the nice exterior looks. Somewhere the porn industry has to do its business, somewhere unreported domestic violence has to take place, somewhere hopes have to shatter. I sure do know such people.

If you want to see a movie without any funny scenes (some may think the handicapped woman repeating the top ten supermarkets is funny, but this happens for real) and without any melodramatic, go watch this movie. However it will lose when you are focusing on subtitles I fear, as subtitles can´t transport accentuation.


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