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The Wild Dogs (2002)




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Wasting no time after shooting his 2003 Sundance Film Festival entry The Event, director Thom Fitzgerald returned to Romania, the country that served as the setting for his 2001 Canadian-TV film Wolf Girl, for this cerebral study of commerce, camaraderie, and degradation. The Wild Dogs explores the circumstantial relationship of Geordie (played by the director) and Victor (David Hayman), two men who meet on a plane to Bucharest. Each is in the country for different reasons: Victor is a British diplomat in the city, and he and his wife Natalie (Alberta Watson) and daughter Moll (Rachel Blanchard) are among Romania's privileged class; Geordie, on the other hand, is a Canadian porn photographer sent to the country to shoot underage "talent" for his employer's website. Repulsed by the job he's been sent to accomplish, Geordie is instead captivated by the teeming masses of orphans, disfigured beggars, and the other homeless that flood Bucharest's streets. Just as he makes it his goal to help a crippled young man nicknamed "Sour Grapes" (Visinel Burcea, the spiritually-empty Natalie focuses on the dejected orphan Dorutu (Mihai Calota. Shot on digital video, the low-budget The Wild Dogs premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival just a few months before the premiere of The Event. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
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Visinel Burcea
as Sour Grapes
Mihai Calota
as Bogdan
Nelu Dinu
as Dorutu
David Hayman
as Victor
Simona Popescu
as Varvara
Alberta Watson
as Natalie
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Dogs

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Fitzgerald's dialogue rings true, and he captures performances, including his own, which belie the film's low production values.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

[Fitzgerald's] bulky screenplay impedes his natural style.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

No one in this sterile film is redeemed, condemned or even particularly humanized. . . . Ultimately, Fitzgerald's gutless film is a muddled, grotesque travelogue.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Highlights the trap a filmmaker can fall into when he believes himself to be smarter--better somehow--than an audience that must get tired of being underestimated.

Full Review… | October 20, 2003
Film Freak Central

The disillusioned porn photographer remains an entirely unconvincing anti-hero despite his pangs of conscience.

Full Review… | June 7, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Arresting storytelling, but gloomy as hell, and hell it is.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
National Post

Audience Reviews for The Wild Dogs

An uncommonly sensitive drama about the poverty and hardship suffered by the exploited Gypsy residents of Bucharest? A muddled, grotesque travelogue where a pretensious director chides his audience and underestimates their awaredness? Probably a bit of both.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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