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Dog Days

  • 2001
  • Ulrich Seidl
  • 121 mins
  • 18
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Filmed over three hot Viennese summers, director Ulrich Seidl's award-winning debut feature draws heavily on his documentary experience to give fictional events an unnervingly authentic, almost voyeuristic feel. Bleak humour underlies some of the improvised situations, most notably those involving compulsive hitch-hiker Maria Hofstatter and ageing widower Erich Finsches and his housekeeper, Gerti Lehner. As each vignette is played out before the remorseless camera, a scathing picture of contemporary Austria emerges, in which political, physical and cultural inertia has created a population enslaved to indolence and indulgence. Violence, despair and a sense of societal meltdown are never far away.

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Credits

Cast

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Anna, the hitch-hikerMaria Hofstätter
Hruby, the alarm systems manAlfred Mrva
Walter, the old manErich Finsches
Walter's housekeeperGerti Lehner
Klaudia, the young girlFranziska Weiss
Mario, Klaudia's boyfriendRene Wanko
The ex-wifeClaudia Martini
The ex-husbandVictor Rathbone

Crew

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DirectorUlrich Seidl

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro Tartan
Released on
2002-09-06
Languages
German
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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