The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018)



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The Distant Barking of Dogs is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other's lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival. Through Oleg's perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a warzone. It portrays how a child's universal struggle to discover what the world is about grows interlaced with all the dangers and challenges the war presents. THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS unveils the consequences of war bearing down on the children in Eastern Ukraine, and by natural extension, the scars and self- taught life lessons this generation will carry with them into the future.


Critic Reviews for The Distant Barking of Dogs

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Lereng Wilmont's subjects earn their stray moments of rustic poetry; so does his film.

Dec 31, 2018 | Full Review…
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Wilmont sensitively dramatizes the unique pressures that come with living adjacent to a war zone, presenting the physical and psychological impacts of such an upbringing on impressionable, malleable young souls.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

What's really strange is that the 10-year-old star of the tale, having been hosted on a trip to NY, cannot wait to return to his decrepit, war-torn Ukranian village.

Jan 27, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Filled with beautiful shots ... in opposition to the continuous struggle for survival, The Distant Barking of Dogs serves as a clarion call to ... not ignore this conflict.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

An intimate, stirring portrayal of life during wartime.

Nov 25, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

There's an invigorating sense of awe throughout The Constant Barking of Dogs, not only in how skillfully Lereng Wilmont extends the wonder with which the young Oleg approaches the world to become the audience's, but as a celebration of resilience.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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