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Dogman (2018)

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A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood.

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Matteo Garrone

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Ugo Chiti (story), Matteo Garrone (story) | 8 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Fonte ... Marcello
Edoardo Pesce Edoardo Pesce ... Simoncino
Nunzia Schiano Nunzia Schiano ... Madre Simoncino
Adamo Dionisi ... Franco
Francesco Acquaroli Francesco Acquaroli ... Proprietario Videolottery
Gianluca Gobbi Gianluca Gobbi ... Proprietario Ristorante
Alida Baldari Calabria Alida Baldari Calabria ... Alida
Laura Pizzirani Laura Pizzirani ... Madre Alida
Giancarlo Porcacchia Giancarlo Porcacchia ... Gasparone
Aniello Arena ... Ispettore Polizia
Mirko Frezza ... Pusher
Marco Perfetti Marco Perfetti ... Pusher 2
Vittorio Russo Vittorio Russo ... Commerciante
Gennaro Iannone Gennaro Iannone ... Commerciante
Emanuele Barbalonga Emanuele Barbalonga ... Padrone Cane
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Storyline

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogman See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€566,442 (Italy), 20 May 2018, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,013, 14 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,327, 21 April 2019
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Official submission of Italy for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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Outstanding human relationship drama from Italy
8 September 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Dogman" brings the story of Marcello. As the movie opens, we see Marcello groom a dog in his shop, which is called Dogman. We get to know Marcello, who sells some drugs on the side to make ends meet, and who more than anything care much for his daughter whom he sees occasionally. Among his friends (?) is Simon, a former boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. Simon "convinces" Marcello to participate in a jewel heist, but when things go wrong, Marcello is picked up by the cops. Marcello refuses to rat out Simon and is sentenced to one year in jail... What will happen when Marcello is released a year later? To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from Matteo Garrone, who previously brought us the excellent mafia drama "Gomorrah". Here he delves into the lives of small crimes, and along the way examines the human condition. Due to the plot-heavy nature of the film, I can't go into much more details, sorry, just take my word for it that this is an intense but very rewarding movie experience. Marcello Fonte is outstanding in the lead role. The photography is excellent as well (the movie was shot in Castel Volturno, just north of Napoli).

"Dogman" premiered at this year's Cannes film festival, to immediate acclaim. Fonte won the Best Actor award. I happen to catch this movie during a recent family visit to Belgium. The early evening screening where I saw this at in Antwerp, Belgium was attended okay (about 15 people). I have no idea if this will reach US theaters, but imagine that if not else, this will be available on VOD and other platforms. If you are interested in a top notch foreign movie about the human conditions, I readily suggest you check this out when you can, and draw your own conclusion.


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