Dog Days

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A relentlessly disturbing, depressing work.

47%

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Total Count: 34

69%

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Movie Info

Summer in Vienna is the backdrop for intersecting anecdotes about six locals. Anna (Maria Hofstätter), a compulsive hitchhiker, travels to shopping malls with strangers. A widower (Erich Finsches) asks a cleaning woman to strip for him. A divorced man and woman who still live together try to make each other miserable. A teacher (Christine Jirku) suffers violence at the hands of her boyfriend. These different people live out unfulfilled existences, attempting to muffle their isolation.

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Critic Reviews for Dog Days

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (18)

Audience Reviews for Dog Days

  • Apr 28, 2016
    The interweaving stories of low lives in Austria in uncomfortable situtions. The naturalistic depression goes on for 2 whole hours, definitely not worth watching even though John Waters recommended it.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2010
    get into this and you will get something out of it, set in austria we follow various people from bored suburbuns to salesmen going asbout there day, dealing with the life problems they are dealt with, not everyone is sucessful in the stories, but some hit the mark, austria looking sunny and inviting especially its suburbun settings, and film at times does have a leisurly feel, along with some hard hitting scenes towards end and the last 30 minutes or so staying like this, not for everyone but theres ceretainly a lot there for me
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2009
    Quite perfect film about life in Vienna, Austria. This film isn't for the faint of heart. It's like <i>Happiness</i> 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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2008
    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 W Super Reviewer

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