Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is a small and gentle dog groomer who wants two things, to look after his dogs and take his daughter on exotic holidays. But to fund this lifestyle he runs a side business which has more unsavoury clientele and he soon finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorises the entire neighbourhood. When Simone exploits him too much, Marcello must make a crucial and potentially dangerous decision in order to regain his dignity.
This Italian film took me back to my young days of enjoying the wonderful, Italian films of the 50's and 60's. Dogman won't be for everyone. There is lots of violence and seedy scenes. The film deals with paternal love, friendship, and loyalty. The main character is simple but also complex, and his life revolves around his business caring for dogs and his young daughter. His seaside town is below the poverty line and desolate as are many of the characters.
No characters react the way you would expect. Worse the way you want them to react! A great film made out of nothing or made out little things in life. And yet, 'badies and goodies' are so engaging that you are not sure who to support! A strange, strange film but worth seeing.
Bleak , powerful story about one of life’s losers. Dog groomer bullied by truly terrifying bonehead. Forced into crime which destroys his relationships and sends him to prison . I found the main character strangely unsympathetic which was unusual and original. Recommended but hard to watch.
The characters in this bleak tale are more or less all unattractive in their casually corrupt ways. Even the fecklessly weak dogman lives a morally dubious life of care and crime. They all, however, exemplify the damage that social neglect inflicts, even the horrendously thuggish sociopath who terrorises the neighborhood. The redeeming feature of the film is the dogman's daughter's love for her father, even though that is set in the context of unrealisable dreams, and his obvious devotion to her. The grim location and sets underline the overall hopelessness. The acting is first rate across the characters with Marcello Fonte's range of pathetic facial expressions a highlight.