Dog Days (2001)

Dog Days



Critic Consensus: A relentlessly disturbing, depressing work.

Movie Info

Famed for his controversial documentaries Models and Animal Love, Ulrich Seidl makes his first fiction film with this impassioned attack on the banality and emptiness of modern suburban life. Using a documentary shooting style and mostly non-actors, Seidl weaves together a series of vignette story lines into a tapestry of loneliness and quiet desperation. A retired old man obsesses over meaningless information in life -- the weight of his groceries, and noise level of the neighborhood. A faded … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 2004



as Anna, the Hitchhiker

as Wickerl, the teacher...

as Hruby, the alarm sal...

as Walter's Housekeeper

as Klaudia, the young g...

as Mario, Klaudia's boy...

as Ex-husband

as Walter, the Old Man

as The Masseur

as Car Accident Victim

as Car Accident Victim

as Car Accident Victim

as Car Accident Victim

as Car Driver

as Car Driver

as Car Driver

as Car Driver

as The Teacher's Neighb...

as The Teacher's Neighb...

as The Supermarket Bran...

as The Disco Visitor

as Klaudia's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Dog Days

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13)

A remarkable, deeply disturbing work by a brilliant filmmaker.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Oddly compelling, disturbing -- some might say disturbed -- look at suburban life, Austrian style.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Strangely entertaining.

Full Review… | January 8, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What some detect as cruelty in Dog Days is in fact a bleak but deeply felt humanism -- a yearning that we might all learn to better love our neighbors and, perhaps more importantly, ourselves.

Full Review… | January 8, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A parade of sadism and misanthropy.

Full Review… | December 4, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A long slog through the slough of despond.

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dog Days


Quite perfect film about life in Vienna, Austria. This film isn't for the faint of heart. It's like Happiness with explicit sex and a less optimistic view of humanity. There's animal poisoning, a strip-tease from a senior citizen, an orgy 'esque' bathouse in a shopping centre, anal candle penetration, and the molestation of the mentally incompetent.
Filmmaker Ulrich Seidl has no interest in redeeming humanity here. And why should he? This film features excellent performances from all involved, is always interesting, and is probably the most intelligent social statement to be made on film in awhile.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]Set in a heat wave in Austria, "Dog Days" is about four couples, ranging from old to young, genial to one-sided bullying that with the exception of the youngest couple, are linked by Hruby(Alfred Mrva), a security salesman, and Anna(Maria Hofstatter), an idiot savant hitchhiker. The movie's central themes are alienation and how material items cannot buy happiness but those themes have been handled much better elsewhere. And it does not help that the characters are undeveloped and the plot is thin to say the least.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


It's a very thin line between wanting to turn this movie off and laughing histerically-- I fall under the latter category, which I'm not sure how exactly it makes me feel. The characters are strange and annoying (I wanted to kick that hitchhiker in the face), yet completely fascinating.

Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

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