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The Wild Dogs (2002)

A Canadian pornographer travels to Bucharest in search of new subject matter. His encounters make a significant impression on him and cause him to rethink some of his values.


Thom Fitzgerald


Thom Fitzgerald
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Credited cast:
Rachel Blanchard ... Moll
Visinel Burcea Visinel Burcea ... Sour Grapes
Mihai Calota ... Bogdan
Silvian Duica Silvian Duica ... Handsome Gypsy
Geraint Wyn Davies ... Colin
Nelu Dinu Nelu Dinu ... Dorutu (as Dinu Viorel Nelu)
Thom Fitzgerald ... Geordie
David Hayman ... Victor
Simona Popescu Simona Popescu ... Varvara
Marcel Ungureanu Marcel Ungureanu ... Radu
Alberta Watson ... Natalie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anca Androne ... Elena (as Anca-Ioana Androne)
Coca Bloos Coca Bloos ... Nurse (as Cornelia Bloos)
Bryan Hofbauer Bryan Hofbauer ... Gambler
Nicoleta Preda Nicoleta Preda ... Men's Club Girl #4


Set during the cull of the stray dogs in the city of Bucharest, The Wild Dogs weaves together a week in the lives of several citizens of and visitors to the hauntingly beautiful city. Geordie, a visiting Canadian pornographer, Bogdan, a reluctant city dog-catcher, and Natalie, a lonely Diplomat's wife - each risks losing everything as they become embroiled in the struggles of Bucharest's abandoned children, gypsies, dogs and beggars. Written by imX Communications

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Thom Fitzgerald Switches Gears
27 September 2002 | by ChlotrudisSee all my reviews

In a stunning turn from his previous films, the director of the magnificent THE HANGING GARDEN plunges himself into the ethical morass of the sex trade and poverty of Bucharest, Romania. In a remarkably successful bit of casting, Fitzgerald himself plays a pornographer sent to Romania to exploit the young, inexpensive female labor there. Upon his arrival he befriends an equally corrupt Canadian diplomat, as well as several of the poor and outcast of Bucharest society. Fitzgerald skillfully ties this lives of the poor outcasts with the hundreds of wild dogs that roam the city, and a young man with a temperament ill-suited for his job of catching them for disposal. And with his character, Fitzgerald creates a morally ambiguous man who keeps surprising the viewer in this powerful and wonderfully made film.

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10 September 2002 (Canada) See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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