The hotly anticipated and award-winning new crime thriller from writer and director Matteo Garrone Dogman is a hugely compelling, based-on-fact tale of a gentle dog lover driven to take a stand against a local bully.
In a dilapidated Neapolitan suburb, the pint-sized, mild-mannered Marcello runs the dog-grooming business of the film’s title, caring for the neighbourhood pooches, and raising his young daughter, Alida, for whom who he’d do anything to spoil. But he’s in thrall to one of his customers, Simone, 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, Garrone’s bravura noir is also impeccably performed, with Marcello Fonte’s extraordinary performance awarded Best Actor at Cannes. Based on true story, and gripping from start to finish, it’s another electrifying vision from one of Italy’s finest filmmakers.
Director Matteo Garrone
Writers Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso
Stars Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
Awards and Nominations
Winner – Cannes Film Festival – Best Actor Marcello Fonte 2018
Winner – National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Film 2018
Winner – International Cinephile Society Awards – Best Actor Marcello Fonte 2018
WARNING: Contains violent scenes and drug use