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Dog Days (Unrated Director's Cut) (2002)

Maria Hofstätter , Christine Jirku , Ulrich Seidl  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich, Alfred Mrva
  • Directors: Ulrich Seidl
  • Writers: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
  • Producers: Helmut Grasser, Philippe Bober
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German, Turkish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino International
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KL58U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dog Days (Unrated Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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Crisscrossing a suburban landscape of a bright starkness that succeeds in bringing together Francis Bacon and David Hockney (The New York Times), a seemingly disturbed hitchhiker compulsively quizzes her drivers on the most banal and personal subjects. "I'm not too lazy to eat," insists one of the hitcher's corpulent benefactors, and it's this sincerely oddball morality that graces each of Dog Days's tableaus. In the tomblike quiet of their ranch-style purgatory, a divorced husband and wife fight a wordless war while mourning an unspeakable mutual loss. A sadistic lover's ritual humiliation spawns both tenderness and revenge. Everyone in Dog Days teeters on the edge of both self-made oblivion and accidental redemption.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot stuff June 20, 2006
Dog Days is an incredible film, though what it has to offer will certainly not be appreciated by every viewer. This is not to be meant as condescending - I simply mean not everyone will enjoy Ulrich Seidl's aesthetics which have more than a little in common with Von Trier's Domga 95 movement. Though Seidl doesn't explicitly articulate his aesthetics the way Von Trier does, it features the same sense of realism. The characters are mostly non-actors wearing their own clothes and without makeup (except where diegetically necessary). The acting is very raw with many scenes calling for displays of intense emotional pain. There is no non-diegetic music. The film is shot entirely with hand-held DV. The film is, however, very aesthetically appealing. There are many beautiful, sun-drenched compositions, even if all the characters are sweating!

Contrary to a previous reviewer, I believe Seidl means for the title "Dog Days" to denote intense, unbearable heat of summer. He shot only on days where the weather exceeded 98 degrees. This alone required a number of years to complete the film. Seidl has said that he believes, under the pressure of intense heat, people's emotional and mental states change. However, the heat isn't central to any of the stories. It just serves to heighten what are already miserable tales of suburban life. Where a situation might be tough for a character, the extreme heat pushes it over the edge.

The stories are fascinating and frequently depressing. Many can be generalized as unhappy people making other unhappy people (and themselves) unhappy. This is the kind of story Dogma 95 directors love because it provides so many opportunities to show raw emotion. If that doesn't sound pleasant, this is probably not going to be an enjoyable film for you. Others may find it deeply engrossing. If you're a fan of Von Trier or other such directors, you'll love Dog Days. Zavattini and Rossellini would be proud.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Feeling left May 23, 2004
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There was a strange feeling left when I left the cinema. Is it true that some people live in such a world? Somehow depressing, in a very strange way funny, too. "Dogdays" in Austrian language means something special: named after the star Sirius wich is the Dog-Star and wich appears in the beginning of August the "Dog`s Days" means a period of very good and hot wheater with no clouds - almost too hot. You feel like everybody else but the characters are on holidays. "Dog" is somehow the Mind-Level of all of those characters playing in the film. You can say what you want: this is a film you`ve never seen any alike before. And that's reason enough to watch it. To me at least. The film is somehow very slow and you have a distance to it by seeing those many difference characters as from inside themselves.
Somehow very special cinema and somehow very funny in strange depressing way. (...)A weekend, a heat-period: six stories, woven together, telling fragments of ordinary everydaylife. Evenings of songplay, sex and violence, days of lust and love, longing for love and not reaching it. A weekend full of the most normal catastrophees. Suburbian surroundings."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars seriously thinking; brilliant storytelling March 9, 2013
By Cpoco
In my opinion, Dog Days(2004) is a film that could be possibly extended to hundreds and hundreds pages of review. The reason is simply that it carries too much deep, cruel and trenchant thinking of human being "as human being". Unlike other hybrid quality of Ulrich Seidl's film, Dog Days seems specifically focus on the topic of marriage and relationships. Through Seidl's ultimate talent of documentary techniques, the film simply but very effectively shocks its audience and makes them ponder upon how adult relationships in reality could just be as cruel as what's successfully portrayed on the screen --- full of benefit, lust and distrust. One example throughout the plot is Maria Hofstätter's casting as a crazy girl. In the beginning, Seidl constructs the figure as childish, foolish and unsociable, yet unbelievably adorable in the same way. Then the director puts her into a series of random relationships through her cinematic engagement with random strangers willing to give her a ride. As an always sensitive motion-picture viewer to childish quality, I certainly feel that Seidl wants to capture a subtle but nostalgic charm of human being as children, which is used in Dog Days as a balance of its overall cruelty, yet also as a demonstrator of this very cruelty by documenting how this childish quality got fully abused and transformed......
In all, Ulrich Seidl is always successful because his film inherits successfully the contemporary art's spirit of cruelty and rawness. And it is simply through these brilliant cinematic portraiture and physicality of rawness that the deepest human conflicts are delivered. Excellent job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WEIRDLY ENGROSSING September 6, 2010
Winner of the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, Ulrich Seidl's weirdly engrossing DOG DAYS takes a peek under the surface of a sun-baked modern community of cookie-cutter homes. It's an Austrian SORDID LIVES played through the artistic sensibilities of David Lynch and David Hockney. Performed mostly by amateurs, the six intertwined stories have a documentary-like feel as lives are balanced between self-generated damnation and accidental salvation. Cruel, compassionate, grotesque and unabashedly voyeuristic with casual nudity and explicit sex, this blurring of real and reel life is decidedly loopy, blunt yet somehow lyrical. In Austrian with English subtitles.
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