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The Dogwalker (2002)

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The L.A. dog walking scene provides a colorful backdrop for the story of Ellie Moore, damaged goods on the run from her latest abusive boyfriend and on the verge of transformation. She's ... See full summary »


Jacques Thelemaque
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Credited cast:
Diane Gaidry ... Ellie
Pamela Gordon ... Betsy
Lyn Vaus Lyn Vaus ... Walter
Lisa Jane Persky ... Allison
Alan Gelfant Alan Gelfant ... Glen
John Nielsen ... Dave
Kerry Bishop ... Amanda Singer
Alan Desatti ... (as Alan De Satti)
Linda L. Miller ... Angry Woman
Willow Atkinson Willow Atkinson ... Hooker
Warren Davis ... Amazed Dog Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cato John Cato
David Diaan ... Angry Client
Jerry Rapp ... Hiker


The L.A. dog walking scene provides a colorful backdrop for the story of Ellie Moore, damaged goods on the run from her latest abusive boyfriend and on the verge of transformation. She's helped along in that process by Betsy Wright, a misanthropic dog-walker in need of help with her business and struggling with her own dark past. The odd relationship between the cranky dog-walker and her unstable new apprentice proves the catalyst for the emotional journey Ellie must undertake. In Betsy, she finds a dark mirror of herself - a lonely, angry, complex woman whose own troubled past proves disturbingly close to her own. And in the dogs, she finds lost pieces of herself as she fumbles with the leash to her own life - struggling to hold on as it pulls her toward a brighter future before her past catches up with her. Written by Anonymous

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3 March 2002 (USA) See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Simple film with strong message
26 August 2006 | by myfriendjessSee all my reviews

Saw it last night and loved it. It was very simple with interesting characters, and it had a wonderful message about healing broken pasts. Great- even if you don't love dogs! So many times in film like this, it seems people over act. But Gordon and Gaidry are subtle with depth. Beautiful shots of LA and even a bit of ironic humor. I loved this film.

They had a Q&A at the screening I went to last night, it seemed like the entire audience really enjoyed it. The director, Jacques Thelemacque, and the actress, Diane Gaidry were both there. They were so very warm in person. Although the amount of love put into the film was obvious from the beginning, it was even more so after hearing them speak. I look forward to seeing more of their work!

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