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190 Ratings



Directed by Bogdan Mirica
Romania, France, 2016
Drama, Thriller


Roman – a young man from the city – comes to a remote village in rural Romania to sell the land he inherited from his departed grandfather. Once there, Roman is exposed to a series of strange events, all culminating with him discovering that his grandfather used to be a local crime lord.

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Dogs Directed by Bogdan Mirica

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)

Transilvania International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Film

Stockholm International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Cinematography

Deliberately paced, Dogs is a film that drips along. Carefully orchestrated, it is an understated theatrical film consisting of a ceaselessly trawling camera that is forever pushing in. Look at the way the film introduces Roman. The camera crawls toward him as he sits on a bench, framed by a makeshift canopy and waiting for a ride to his grandfather’s house. Or, the way in which the officer inspects a foot on a dinner plate with nothing more than a fork, like a meal he’s savoring.
February 20, 2017
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Mircea’s grisly depiction of rural Romania was instantly forgettable, and points to the difficulties a new generation of filmmakers face in coming to prominence after the much-vaunted Romanian New Wave of the mid-2000s.
July 10, 2016
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Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada, Mungiu’s Graduation, and Bogdan Mirica’s Dogs testify to the continuing energy of Romanian cinema. Dogs is graced by the always amazing Vlad Ivanov, who here embodies pure evil as if it were no more than a matter of fact.
July 03, 2016
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