Henri is a middle-aged writer in crisis: married and father of four children, he obtained, many years ago, an editorial success that he has never repeated again. Just at a time when he assesses of his life, an enormous gray dog, impolite and smelly, sneaks into Henri's house. Despite the attempts of the whole family to throw him out, and that his wife's unconditional love begin to falter, this dog, whom they decide to call "Stupid," is going to become Henri's best friend.Written by
Claude Berri wanted to adapt the book by John Fante twenty years earlier in the United States (Peter Falk was then considered in the leading role), but since Berri did not speak English well enough, he then proposed to Yvan Attal to take it over. But, at the time (1985) Attal was not excited at all by the project. See more »
I have to admit the beginning, well after the initial voice over, so the beginning as in the first real scene in the house, is quite something. Great dialog, super funny and it feels quite light. But as with life in general it does not stay that way. And by that I don't just mean the dialog but the mood and lightness the movie had at first - or seemed to have.
The acting is superb and the script/dialog throughout is quite something to behold. The relationships seem as realistic depicted as they can be. Even if you don't agree with one of the characters the motivations for their actions are clear cut. They all make sense. And in between all of them ... a dog. You might love that or hate it (I know one person who is not impressed with pets or animals at all - so no winning over for her) ... and that is before thinking about all the drama that lies within the movie
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