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The Dogwalker (2002)

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Written and directed by Jacques Thelemaque, The Dogwalker follows the lives of two very different women who find themselves in equally dire positions. When Ellie (Diane Gaidry) finally leaves her violent boyfriend, she takes the first flight out of her home in Buffalo, New York, and ends up in Los Angeles, where she's promptly robbed of all her possessions and reduced to living on the streets. After a failed attempt at prostitution, Ellie wakes up in a public park and meets Betsy (Pamela Gordon), an older, professional dogwalker with a rather abrupt personality. Eventually, Ellie learns that Betsy is dying of cancer, and ends up helping the older woman's failing business in exchange for temporary shelter. Fragile Ellie and gruff Betsy turn out to have one thing in common--both have left abusive relationships. Betsy's final days unfortunately mark the return of Ellie's former boyfriend, and Ellie is forced to use the disciplinary strength she has had to learn as a dogwalker and newly independent woman.

Cast

Lyn Vaus
as Walter
Kerry Bishop
as Amanda Singer
Diane Gaidry
as Ellie Moore
Pamela Gordon
as Betsy Wright
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Critic Reviews for The Dogwalker

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

The Dogwalker boasts a scruffy underdog charm, but sometimes that just isn't enough.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Gaidry has no real character to play and brings little of her own spark to a desultory character study.

September 28, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Though Thelemaque's creation is not exactly an undiscovered gem, it boasts a gritty realism that makes you want him to finish more movies.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Overall story arc is fairly predictable, and deliberate pacing sometimes risks dullness.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Rather than being self-indulgent or pretentious, however, the film comes up with many believable details and changes in direction that enrich the bittersweet central relationship of the two leads.

August 25, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The sort of movie that you'd see on Lifetime if that channel actually respected its viewers' taste and intelligence.

August 25, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dogwalker

½

Elli, a lost, unsteady and depressive women, stranded in Los Angeles. On the one hand, she luckily escaped from her violent boyfriend, on the other hand she is still the same victim, got robbed, beaten and almost raped. But within all the scumb she found a friend: the old, grumpy Dogwalker Betsy, who teaches her that you at first have to take care of yourself, before the “dogs stops fucking you”.  The Dogwalker is sensitive movie about a young women with an unknown future and an an old one with an unknown past, helping each other to defend their right to live. Excellent acting and an amazing script settle this film, crowded by weird dog-people, one a layer above entertainment. It's an experience.

Ted Peterson
Ted Peterson

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