Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative.
Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.
It's a wonderful film, though, which is - oddly - only now getting a very limited release, eight years after its Japanese debut.
Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
Save for the tearful goodbye scenes, the only real drama in Quill is that Kobayashi is a little cranky at first and believe he's doing just fine with a cane.
Audience Reviews for Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
An absolutely lovely film that is more realistic than sentimental when compared to other films like this. I actually found that the film was also informative when explaining about guide dog training too. The ending, as you can imagine, is a little heartbreaking though.
This film was absolutely adorable! I have to admit that my knowledge of guide dogs and what they endure in training is slightly limited, but I have such a profound respect for these gentle souls and their lifelong dedication of serving humans with needs. This particular guide dog, Quill, is truly memorable- so much patience and understanding. His love for Mr. Watanabe (and vice versa) on several film spots almost brought me to tears. Please note that this film is set in subtitles but if you're a fan of films of all range this is definitely one you shouldn't miss. I highly recommend this film!
Tender, realistic film that is for all ages. Even if you are not a dog lover you can't help bur be moved by the relationships of people to people and people to dogs.