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Dog Days (2001)

Dog Days



Critic Consensus: A relentlessly disturbing, depressing work.

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


Maria Hofstätter
as Anna, the Hitchhiker
Victor Hennemann
as Wickerl, the teacher...
Alfred Mrva
as Hruby, the alarm sa...
Gerti Lehner
as Walter's Housekeeper
Franziska Weisz
as Klaudia, the young ...
Rene Wanko
as Mario, Klaudia's bo...
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
Peter Kristek
as The Teacher's Neighb...
Elfriede Draszdak
as The Teacher's Neighb...
Alfred Strobl
as The Supermarket Bran...
Marco Kutzeroff
as The Disco Visitor
Hermine Mayer
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


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 Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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