A long watch, but a film with high-octane virility. The stories feel bolted together: dogs the motif of each, representing our uprooted souls. Valeria’s lapdog symbolises her anxiety and presentiment of future calamity. El Chivo’s posse of dogs, his emotional life, symbolise his misanthropy and alienation. Cofi becomes a metonym for the sufferings of his handler: the stigmata of pain, incomprehension and suffering.