This documentary points its camera at an unlikely subject: lonely, eccentric owners who obsess over their pets—and in doing so, sublimate their own emotional needs and desires through their four-legged friends.
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I couldn't stand it. High camera angles, casting choices (walleyes as symptomatic of what? human decadence?) all bring out the grotesque in humans in a facile misanthropic automatism. Most scenes are as delicately symbolic as a punch (mem walking dogs in tight circles in wastelands) all shot (prettily) in gloomy gloaming. The satire & the corrosive 'objectivity' are entirely unearned through struggle or vision.
Basically a series of isolated tableuxs depicting the dysfunctional pet owners of Austria and showcasing animal/human-relationship gone too far. On paper, or rather the dvd cover the movie is indeed promising. Unfortunately with a 2hr runtime Seidl is bound to repeat himself and it suffers from way too much filler material. There is undoubtedly some gold here but it's regretably buried in dog excrements. **
C'est avec une saine obstination et une pure méchanceté, discrète et salutaire, que notre Thomas Bernhard de la caméra continue à passer au scanner et au scalpel de son inquisitrice observation, les travers et les médiocrités de ses compatriotes autrichiens. www.cinefiches.com
I would like to rate this as a one-star film, just because it is so overtly blunt and one-dimensional. Almost like a propaganda film or a piece of pornography. However, there were a couple of stupendous and truly revealing scenes which made it stand out from the usual rubbish.