Truly fascinated by this well-crafted european gem. This went straight to my heart. Matteo Garrone's Dogman is a complex character study; a brutal tale of two dogs: one cokehead mastiff, the other a cringingly loyal puddle.The alpha-beta dynamic between those two was something impressive to watch. The cinematography was exquisite, urban wilderness at its finest. 9.5/10. Strong contender for best foreign, my favorite.
It's brutal. The final scene between Marcello and Simone is nauseous and it's so very well made, it's precious to see how the sound and image work so great together, watching the cadence only going up until the end. The look and feel of Dogman are terrifically good.
U start questioning what is moral or what is not moral? Are we good by default and then by the choices we make, we start being bad? Or it's all a circle of consequences oscillating between being bad or good and the end is the outcome of this despair of still not knowing. I liked it, a bit too brutal for me, great actors, great dynamics, great movie.
Is there any way out of this endless demonstratively expository sadistic-misanthrope discourse in contemporary cinema? With a realistic turn in this case, inevitably with the camera on the actors faces, the least realistic option in a movie, since they just compose a show off. The last frame, a general open shot, is very good and introduces, finally!, what is missing: a satirical weightlessness, almost Beckettian.