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Dog Days (2001)

Hundstage (original title)
In the tomb-like quiet of their ranch-style purgatory, a divorced husband and wife fight a wordless war while mourning an unspeakable mutual loss. A sadistic lover's ritual humiliation spawns both tenderness and revenge.


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Franziska Weisz ... Das junge Mädchen (as Franziska Weiß)
Rene Wanko Rene Wanko ... Der Freund
Claudia Martini Claudia Martini ... Die Ex-Ehefrau
Victor Rathbone Victor Rathbone ... Der Ex-Ehemann
Christian Bakonyi Christian Bakonyi ... Der Masseur
Christine Jirku Christine Jirku ... Die Lehrerin
Viktor Hennemann Viktor Hennemann ... Der Liebhaber
Georg Friedrich ... Der Freund des Liebhabers
Ingeborg Wehofer Ingeborg Wehofer ... Car accident victim
Leopold Schlol Leopold Schlol ... Car scratch victim
Silvia Piglmann Silvia Piglmann ... Car scratch victim


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Follows Fun Without Limits (1998) See more »

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Hard to Stomach but Well-Made and Poignant
21 November 2007 | by MichaelMargetisSee all my reviews

It's nothing brilliant, groundbreaking or innovative, but 'Dog Days' is for some reason an extremely fascinating character study. It's like CRASH tripping on a bad dose of heroin, but not really. It's an Austrian film following the lives of several depressed, deranged and annoying people and their abusive relationships with each other. It's disturbing, yet very well-acted and it's interesting to watch the crazy little things these characters do. Certainly not for the weak-hearted, this highly pessimistic film offers no conclusion or revelation at the end, we just see the lives of these sordid individuals over the course of two days. Grade: B

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Release Date:

9 November 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,267, 24 August 2003

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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