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Dog Days (2001)

Hundstage (original title)
In the tomb-like quiet of their ranch-style purgatory, a divorced husband and wife fight a wordless war while mourning an unspeakable mutual loss. A sadistic lover's ritual humiliation spawns both tenderness and revenge.

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Ulrich Seidl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Hofstätter ... Anna / die Autostopperin / the hitchhiker
Alfred Mrva Alfred Mrva ... Der Mann für die Sicherheit / Alarm Salesman
Erich Finsches Erich Finsches ... Der alte Mann / The old man
Gerti Lehner Gerti Lehner ... die Haushälterin / the housekeeper
Franziska Weisz ... das junge Mädchen / the young girl (as Franziska Weiß)
Rene Wanko Rene Wanko ... der Freund des jungen Mädchens / young girl's boyfriend
Claudia Martini Claudia Martini ... Georgos Ex-Frau / Georgos' ex-wife
Victor Rathbone Victor Rathbone ... Georgos / Ex-Ehemann / the ex-husband
Christian Bakonyi Christian Bakonyi ... der Masseur / the masseur
Christine Jirku Christine Jirku ... die Lehrerin / the teacher
Viktor Hennemann Viktor Hennemann ... Wicker / der Liebhaber der Lehrerin / teacher's lover
Georg Friedrich ... Lucky / Wickers Freund / Wicker's friend
Ingeborg Wehofer Ingeborg Wehofer ... Car accident victim
Leopold Schlol Leopold Schlol ... Car scratch victim
Silvia Piglmann Silvia Piglmann ... Car scratch victim
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Storyline

In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple with a serious marriage problem and an old man, whose wife died long before on the search for some sexual entertainment live their lives while their lifelines cross from time to time. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some disturbing behavior/violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,267, 24 August 2003

Gross USA:

$13,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$545,117
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second in the poll for FIPRESCI GRAND PRIX OF THE YEAR 2002. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie in front of the supermarket the boom mic and the camera are reflected in a car window. See more »

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Follows Fun Without Limits (1998) See more »

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Stunning
25 August 2003 | by levganSee all my reviews

Being absolutely unfamiliar with Austrian cinema, I've got simply astounded by this movie. More than two hours long and all the time developing the slow, monotonous rhythm it could have been a real torture for the beholder, but instead it offers something unique and very captivating.

Here are few characters, whose life paths constantly interlock in a little city in tragic coincidences. The old widower with his dog. The mad hitch-hiking girl, whose hobby is exasperating her companions with useless chatter. The middle-aged couple, whose only daughter had died in an accident some time ago and who hardly speak to each other, despite their living in the same house. The hysterical guy, torturing his girl, who works in a strip club. The aging woman who gets bullied by her macho-looking hairy boyfriend. Everyone is unhappy and that's the simple keynote. But almost no one stirs up sympathy. The world is sweaty, dried-up, brutal, senseless. And all the kindness it can provide is epitomized in the final strip-tease that the elderly maid is doing for the old man with the dog.

The dog is certainly already poisoned to that time. The mad girl is raped. The aging woman is humiliated.

The "everything is bad" slogan can seem trite, but the director Ulrich Seidl proves it with cogency. "Hundstage" is probably the most dismal film of the 21th century so far, but it works great due to its exceptional cinematic merits. According to what I know it's the first Seidl's feature film, all his previous outings were strictly documentary. Spreading his meticulous attitude to things on this work, Seidl attains the highest degree of realism, maybe even what we use to call hyper-realism. "Hundstage" is stunning by all means and comes highly recommended for all art-film fans.


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