I like the way the dog's routine is made to mirror that of its owner/trainer. They share everything, except for the fight, which will be the dog's alone. I think it took great skill to film the dog (a real beauty, by the way) so that it would stand out as a silent tragic character.
"Con una cámara casi siempre fija al tripié, estática, salvo unos paneos y algunos agresivos zooms correctores o enfáticos, acompañada de una banda sonora sencilla y casi cruda como la iluminación natural que caracteriza al corto, se crea una obra donde la violencia tácita está presente en su inminencia mas no en su manifestación explícita en el acontecer de las imágenes."
-- -- Jerónimo Barriga, INVISIBLE - Gazette
Quite a gritty, hard-hitting short, all the more so because it leaves all of the questions the viewer asks - why fight? Why encourage the dog to be so violent? What happens to Maya? - unanswered. The way some of the parallels between the dog and its owner / trainer are represented by alternating between, for example, a sleeping human to sleeping dog, is a nice touch too. Overall a good piece.
This is brilliant. It's major fault is that it's too short, although it tells such a big story. We see such tender brutality, as the owners lavish such care on an animal they have no concern for. You see the impact of a brief encounter the dog has, and how it's world changes. The last shot is utterly heartbreaking. With hardly anything spoken, so much has been said. A powerful, wonderful, tragic film
A touching spectacle that shows the (apparently dwindling) love and faith of a dog for her owner (can it be love that drives the owner to do such things to their dog? I, personally, think not...), though a little bloody, it remains sensitive, sombre and disquieting.