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Baxter (1989)

A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

Director:

Jérôme Boivin

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Jacques Audiard (scenario), Jérôme Boivin (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lise Delamare Lise Delamare ... Madame Deville
Jean Mercure ... Monsieur Cuzzo
Jacques Spiesser ... Michel Ferrer
Catherine Ferran Catherine Ferran ... Florence Morel
Jean-Paul Roussillon Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Joseph Barsky
Sabrina Leurquin Sabrina Leurquin ... Noelle
Daniel Rialet Daniel Rialet ... Jean
Evelyne Didi ... Marie Cuzzo
Rémy Carpentier Rémy Carpentier ... Roger Morel
Jany Gastaldi Jany Gastaldi ... Anne Ferrer
François Driancourt François Driancourt ... Charles
Ève Ziberlin Ève Ziberlin ... Veronique
Malcom Scrannage Malcom Scrannage ... Jean-Jean
Léa Gabriele Léa Gabriele ... Eva Braun
M. Gontzcharoff M. Gontzcharoff ... L'historien russe
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Her daughter Florence gives Mrs. Deville bull-terrier Baxter as a surprise present. Although she's afraid of him, she doesn't want to give him away because she feels lonely. But Baxter has his own ideas - he longs to be dominated, to be challenged - and so he isn't content with his boring life with the old lady. To get rid of her, he causes an accident. It works, and he's given to the neighbors, a young couple. He's happy... for a while. When they get a baby, he again takes action. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Beware of the dog who thinks

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 January 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bell mir das Lied vom Tod See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Evil has its ways.
14 November 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

What's amazing on the site is that this movie retains a rather important following..for a French movie almost unknown in its native country.I wonder whether there is one single French comment among the -rather numerous- lot.Jerome Boivin made ,outside TV work, only one movie I haven't seen yet after "Baxter".And on the site,it has not got the same reputation,by a long shot.

It's really a shame M.Boivin could not pursue a career that was promising."Baxter" is imperfect ,not always convincing,particularly before the cherubic-boy-with-a-dark-side appears.But,and this is crucial,it is a demanding,harsh and unique work,completely different of what French directors usually do."Heavenly creatures" which featured Kate Winslet(not the Titanic side) comes to mind.

The whole story is told by the dog in voice-off:its monologue is strange indeed.The animal 's looking for a human(?) being who knows neither love nor fear.He fails with the old lady and the young couple(the scenes with the baby are impressive ,with echoes of Richard Matheson's short story "I monster" in the words of the dog.)Then THE boy appears:he's fascinated by Hitler and Eva Braun:we will never know why:it seems he found some old nazi papers in the garbage dump.But his family is totally harmless,the father(played by Jacques Spiesser,the only known actor of the cast:he was featured in JJ annaud's first effort "black and white and in colors"-"la victoire en chantant"-,an AA winner) is a bit listless but he seems to be a good man:it's apparently not the father figure this vicious son dreams of..When the dog and the boy meet,tragedy is round the corner.And don't expect a happy end :the boy's last thoughts will make your hair stand on end.

"Baxter" is definitely is a movie to remember.Not mommy's little boy then!


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