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Dogman (2018)

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Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an... See full summary »

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Matteo Garrone

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Fonte ... Marcello
Edoardo Pesce Edoardo Pesce ... Simoncino
Nunzia Schiano Nunzia Schiano ... Madre Simoncino
Adamo Dionisi ... Franco
Francesco Acquaroli Francesco Acquaroli ... Proprietario Videolottery
Gianluca Gobbi Gianluca Gobbi ... Proprietario Ristorante
Alida Baldari Calabria Alida Baldari Calabria ... Alida
Laura Pizzirani Laura Pizzirani ... Madre Alida
Giancarlo Porcacchia Giancarlo Porcacchia ... Gasparone
Aniello Arena ... Ispettore Polizia
Mirko Frezza ... Pusher
Marco Perfetti Marco Perfetti ... Pusher 2
Vittorio Russo Vittorio Russo ... Commerciante
Gennaro Iannone Gennaro Iannone ... Commerciante
Emanuele Barbalonga Emanuele Barbalonga ... Padrone Cane
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Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

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Everyone has a breaking point.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogman See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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€566,442 (Italy), 20 May 2018, Limited Release
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Director Matteo Garone pushed Marcello Fonte to drink whiskey before performing some scenes, so that he can be more easily in the mood of the character he played in. See more »

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why you should see this film
2 August 2018 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

Marcello Fonte's award winning performance which totally convinces as the doting father dealing coke on the side and in so doing so has made one of his customers, Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a hulking beast of a sociopathic bully, into a true monster. Something utterly devoid of charm, empathy or indeed a single redeeming quality. The 'dogman' however, through his actions, is a morally ambigous character. On the one hand, he's a loving, devoted father to his daughter. He shows a warmth, affection, empathy and understanding towards the dogs in his care, who are sometimes agitated. On the other hand he bears a great deal of responsibility for making Simone into the coke addled monster that he is. Questions are opened up about the nature of evil, how it arises and what it is that prevents evil from taking hold. I think the film invites us to consider what we live our lives for - do we live solely in order to serve ourselves and our narrow interests or do we put aside our selves and try to live for and consider others? How do we deal with the consequences, foreseen or otherwise, of our actions? The direction - use of location, cinematography. This is definitely a movie to see on the big screen, the decrepit sea side resort where the action takes place is packed full of detail this is masterful film making - making full use of the setting to reinforce the interior world of the characters. The sure sign for me of a skilled director is an absence of incidental music - this movie has none, it doesn't need it. The action speaks for itself. It relies upon and allows the audience intelligence to consider what is going on. A magnificently intelligent film about the human condition about how humans allow tyrants to run over them, about power, how power is abused, how we treat those weaker than ourselves. I'll warn there is some stomach churning violence so this might not be a good 'date' movie but if you want a serious and deep film exploring the human condition and masculinity in particular then this one is for you. More questions posed than answers offered... If you're an Italian buff and know your way around the Naples region this will be even more for you, but that said the story could happen anywhere. Saying that suddenly brought to mind Shane Meadows film 'Dead Mans Shoes' which this would sit very nicely with in a double bill. It's quite a different film, with a damaged male protagonist making choices with serious consequences and also a 'revenge' flick. DOGMAN was released in France back in June where I saw it in Italian with French subtitles I speak OK French, not brilliant, there's always stuff you miss but that didn't seem to diminish the impact. I'll finish by saying that despite the dark themes it's not without some sharp humour. ENJOY!


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