7.1/10
5,657
44 user 51 critic

Dog Days (2001)

Hundstage (original title)
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 »

Director:

Ulrich Seidl
7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Import Export (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A nurse from Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Ekateryna Rak, Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka, Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko
Models (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four models share their life experience.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Viviane Bartsch, Tanja Petrovsky, Lisa Grossmann
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, René Rupnik
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya ('... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Six Catholics share their thoughts and problems with Jesus in different churches. The camera accompanies them.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Elfriede Ahmad, Waltraute Bartel, Hans-Jürgen Eder
Safari (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ulrich Seidls follow wealthy tourists going on safari to kill often endangered species. Some determinedly searching for trophies, others to enjoy. Even if every prey comes at a price., they... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Inge Ellinger, Manfred Ellinger, Eva Hofmann
The Bosom Friend (TV Movie 1997)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Main character of this movie is Rene Rupnik, a former math teacher. He is forty years old and lives together with his mother in a desolate block of flats. Ever since his early youth women ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: René Rupnik
Animal Love (1996)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In conurbations where hundreds of thousands live alongside one another, in the era of a highly technological society, in which communication has never played such a significant role, man ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Ernst Schönmann, Franz Holzschuh, Erich Wögerer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Looks at two communities on either side of the Czech - Austrian border. There's an elderly man in Austria looking for a new wife, and he meets a lone single woman on the Czech side of the border.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Paula Hutterová, Vladimir Kundrát, Rusena Machaloyá
The Prom (1982)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This is a film about the 'students ball' in Horn, the little Austrian town Seidl grew up. The movie portraits the young débutantes as well as the local notables, all of them eagerly involved in maintaining the stiff and stifling ritual.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Stars: Hans Rasch
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... Anna / die Autostopperin / the hitchhiker
Alfred Mrva Alfred Mrva ... Der Mann für die Sicherheit / Alarm Salesman
Erich Finsches Erich Finsches ... Der alte Mann / The old man
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,267, 24 August 2003

Gross USA:

$13,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$545,117
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Free Radicals (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Deeply disturbing and great film
28 March 2002 | by mrmjohSee all my reviews

This film has got to be ranked as one of the most disturbing and arresting films in years. It is one of the few films, perhaps the only one, that actually gave me shivers: not even Pasolini´s Sálo, to which this film bears comparison, affected me like that. I saw echoes in the film from filmmakers like Pasolini, Fassbinder and others. I had to ask myself, what was it about the film that made me feel like I did? I think the answer would be that I was watching a horror film, but one that defies or even reverses the conventions of said genre. Typically, in a horror film, horrible and frightening things will happen, but on the margins of civilized society: abandoned houses, deserted hotels, castles, churchyards, morgues etc. This handling of the subject in horror is, I think, a sort of defence mechanism, a principle of darkness and opacity functioning as a sort of projective space for the desires and fears of the viewer. So, from this perspective, Hundstage is not a horror film; it takes place in a perfectly normal society, and so doesn´t dabble in the histrionics of the horror film. But what you see is the displacement of certain key thematics from the horror genre, especially concerning the body and its violation, the stages of fright and torture it can be put through. What Seidl does is to use the settings of an everyday, middle class society as a stage on which is relayed a repetitious play of sexual aggression, loneliness, lack and violation of intimacy and integrity: precisely the themes you would find in horror, but subjected to a principle of light and transparency from which there is no escape. It is precisely within this displacement that the power of Seidl´s film resides. Hundstage deals with these matters as a function of the everyday, displays them in quotidian repetition, rather than as sites of extremity and catharsis - a move you would encounter in said horror genre. One important point of reference here is Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder also had a way of blending the political with the personal in his films, a tactics of the melodrama that allowed him to deal in a serious and even moral way with political issues like racism, domination, desire, questions concerning ownership, sexual property and control, fascism and capitalism etc. Seidl´s tactic of making the mechanisms of everyday society the subject of his film puts him in close proximity with Fassbinder; like this German ally, he has a sort of political vision of society that he feels it is his responsibility to put forward in his films. During a seminar at the Gothenburg Film Festival this year, at which Seidl was a guest, he was asked why he would have so many instances of violated, subjugated women in Hundstage, but no instances of a woman fighting back, liberating herself. Seidl replied that some may view it as immoral to show violence against women, but that he himself felt it would be immoral not to show it. An artistic statement as good as any, I think. Thank you.


35 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed