Dog Days

Critics Consensus

A relentlessly disturbing, depressing work.



Total Count: 34


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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 beauty queen's devotion to her boyfriend ends after an ugly night at the discotheque. A couple who has long since divorced though still lives under the same roof engages in a psychological war of attrition, trying to force the other into moving out the house. A young teacher's date with her boyfriend turns unexpectedly into a drunken orgy. This film won the prestigious Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.


Maria Hofstätter
as Anna, the Hitchhiker
Victor Hennemann
as Wickerl, the teacher's lover
Alfred Mrva
as Hruby, the alarm salesman
Gerti Lehner
as Walter's Housekeeper
Franziska Weisz
as Klaudia, the young girl
Rene Wanko
as Mario, Klaudia's boyfriend
Victor Rathbone
as Ex-husband
Erich Finsches
as Walter, the Old Man
Christian Bakonyi
as The Masseur
Ingeborg Wehofer
as Car Accident Victim
Leopold Schiel
as Car Accident Victim
Silvia Piglmann
as Car Accident Victim
Karl Christoph
as Car Accident Victim
Henriette Maslo
as Car Driver
Norbert Rafti
as Car Driver
Edith Helm
as Car Driver
Editha Maurer
as Car Driver
Christine Raffelsberg
as Anna's Mother
Peter Kristek
as The Teacher's Neighbor
Elfriede Draszdak
as The Teacher's Neighbor
Alfred Strobl
as The Supermarket Branch Manager
Marco Kutzeroff
as The Disco Visitor
Hermine Mayer
as Klaudia's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Dog Days

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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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