The multi award-winning new crime thriller from writer/director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) is a hugely compelling, based-on-fact tale of a gentle family man pushed to protect what he loves.

Director: Matteo Garrone
Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Alida Baldari Calabria
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

MA15+Strong violence


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Dogman

★★★★★
“A knockout. It left me feeling floored, almost breathless. Garrone doesn’t put a foot wrong. The film’s huge heart powers it through the dark moments without sentimentality. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it can stand tall next to Italian neo-realist classics such as Ossessione and Umberto D.
Lynden Barber, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

“Powerful. Well-crafted and vibrantly realised… A wonderful psychological thriller.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★★
“Terrifically good… The Italian director nitpicks gangster insecurities with hilarious flair. A compelling opera of beta-male criminal martyrdom, inspired by a true case. It’s a movie which returns this film-maker to the realist mob world of his 2008 film Gomorrah, but which goes further than that picture in explaining the toxic emotional inadequacy of gangsterism – its brutality, its sycophancy, its pusillanimity, its craven addictions. A movie with incomparable bite and strength.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★★
“Haunting. It’s a strange and sad piece of work, beautifully played by its central odd couple, that will linger in your memory like a howl on the wind.”
Ed Potton, THE TIMES

★★★★★
“Brilliant and beguiling. One of the best Italian films of recent times, a modern day neorealist fable that bears comparison with the great work of Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica et al. Fonte plays Marcello like a modern-day Charlie Chaplin, squeezing both humour and pathos from the role – it’s a tender, funny and immensely poignant performance.”
Geoffrey Macnab, THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★
“A well-crafted gem. The kind of Aesop’s fable Scorsese would tell his kids.”
Phil de Semelyen, TIME OUT

“Superb. Tense, tight and to the point, yet finds room for a sardonic sense of humour. Will have audiences gripping their armrests with its frighteningly real portrayal of a good man tempted by the devil.”
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

WINNER (x9) – 2019 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS – incl. Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography & Production Design
OFFICIAL SELECTION (ITALY) – 2019 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – 2018 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Best Actor (Marcello Fonte) & Palm Dog (Joy the Chihuahua)
WINNER – 2018 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best Actor
WINNER – 2018 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Best Actor
WINNER (x8) – 2018 NASTRI D’ARGENTO AWARDS – incl. Best Film, Director, Actor, Editor, Production Design & Sound
WINNER – 2018 JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL – Best International Film
WINNER – 2018 LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL – Bvlgari Critics’ Choice Award
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2018 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Based on remarkable true events, the multi award-winning new crime thriller from internationally-heralded writer/director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) is the compelling story of a gentle family man pushed to protect what he loves.

In a dilapidated Neapolitan suburb, the pint-sized, mild-mannered Marcello (Marcello Fonte) runs the dog-grooming business of the film’s title, caring for the neighbourhood pooches, and raising his young daughter, Alida, for whom he’d do anything to spoil. But he’s domineered by one of his customers, Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a petty criminal and former boxer who throws his substantial bulk around this tight-knit community at every opportunity. Marcello soon becomes swept up in a criminal plan he wants nothing to do with…

Meticulously directed and photographed, and entirely sympathetic to its four-legged cast-members (none of whom are harmed), Garrone’s bravura urban noir is also impeccably acted, with Marcello Fonte’s extraordinary performance highly deserving of the Best Actor prizes at both Cannes and the European Film Awards. Inspired by a true story that drew national headlines, and gripping from start to finish, it’s another electrifying big-screen experience from one of Italy’s finest contemporary filmmakers.

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