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The Pet (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama , Thriller | 18 May 2006 (France)
A young woman in dire financial straights accepts an offer to be a wealthy aristocrat's human "pet" for six months. Then ruthless modern "pet-nappers" kidnap the woman to sell her on the GSM (Global Slave Market).

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D. Stevens (as D Stevens)

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D. Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Dulat ... Philip (as Pierre Du Lat)
Andrea Edmondson Andrea Edmondson ... Mary / GG
Summer Napoles Summer Napoles ... Nicky / Taps (as Summer Nguyen)
Steven Wollenberg Steven Wollenberg ... Charles (as Steven Robert Wollenberg)
Magi Avila ... Rita
Nicholas Massouh ... Sammy Jr.
Lydia McLane Lydia McLane ... Red (as Jane Steele)
Carole Lieberman Carole Lieberman ... Ellen (as Dr. Carole Lieberman)
Blake Poarch Blake Poarch ... Billy
Carlos Ramon Meza Carlos Ramon Meza ... Gus
Paris Wang Paris Wang ... Pauley
Adam Lawson ... Early Late
Michele Koewler Michele Koewler ... Dawn
Mark Azeez Mark Azeez ... Vet
Adam Olive Adam Olive ... Michael
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The story follows a young woman who, in an emotional and financial crisis, succumbs to the charm of an aristocratic benefactor. Their relationship develops from her desire to be loved and cared for and his desire to overcome the loss of his beloved setter, a loyal and devoted pet. She agrees for a considerable sum of money to become his human pet, to sleep in a cage, never wear clothes, and to be led on a leash for a period of six-months. His desire to showcase his beautiful new pet and to have her market value appraised prompts him to place her on the GSM [Global Slave Market]. His arrogance and wealth together are no match for the power and ruthlessness of 21st century slave traders. This exploration of power, trust and captivity were inspired by the prevalence of more-or-less consensual slave/master related lifestyles as well as the existence of global systemic servitude that allows for cheap labor, sex slaves, organ sales etc. There are 11 companies in the US and the UK that makes... Written by D Stevens

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La sottomissione di Mary See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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The Pet,TriCoast Worldwide See more »
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Color
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Quite a fascinating exercise in power dynamics
12 June 2007 | by dfc-10See all my reviews

I was more than impressed by this very different exploration into human dynamics. I am more than impressed by the resounding polarization of people who have taken the time to review this movie.

I hesitated to write about The Pet because I am not a reviewer of any stretch of the imagination but I found the galvanizing affect of those from I guess the Bondage/Discipline community seem really having a problem in a film that some perceive as depicting a "lifestyle". Well for one who does not care for fetishism or such - get over it - the Pet is a well made movie; maybe not by the American standards of spoon fed potpourri of car chases, CSI investigations or the horror/slash genres. I really do not think it dealt with the BDSM thing at all.

To me it was well crafted and layered - showing character's strength and weaknesses as well as the evil and good in our so often manufactured lives controlled by powers that we do not know even exists.

I thought the acting was thoughtful, deliberate and engaging. Not growing up in America may have given me a different perspective but I really did get the vintage thoughtfulness of Bergman and Kubrick (Wild Strawberries and Clockwork Orange respectively).

I decided to write after watching The Pet an additional viewing. This time I watched it with several friends and indeed we talked about it for quite some time.


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