‘Dogman’ Review: A Morality Tale We Deserve [TIFF]

/Film | 9/16/2018 | Marshall Shaffer
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Italian director Matteo Garrone has risen to international stardom with lightning speed, especially since his 2008 film Gomorrah took the second-highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Yet, for all his acclaim, I have tended to find his work remote and slightly inaccessible. Garrone’s latest film, Dogman, is a film worthy of his stature and the first time his bite has been as strong as his bark. This morality tale wrings gripping drama from an imperfect man backed into an unenviable corner.

Find out more in out full Dogman review below.

Garrone - Tasks - Marcello - Fonte - Newcomer

Garrone tasks Marcello Fonte, a relative newcomer to screen acting, with the realization of a complete parable about ethical behavior. Fonte’s character, also named Marcello, is a timid, diminutive dog groomer in a small Italian town. He has little else to his name but a good reputation, and though Garrone provides scant backstory, Marcello appears to have scrapped hard for this respect. He also works hard to impress his daughter Sofia, who lives with her mother, by teaching her the tricks of his trade and plotting elaborate scuba diving vacations for the two of them.

But clearly, Marcello’s family and career do not provide him with all the necessary satisfaction because he still indulges the whims of the brutish Simone (Edoardo Pesce). This “mad dog,” as the town’s elders deem him, treats Marcello like a pet. The dogman is there to supply Simone with the cocaine he desires as well as to serve as an accomplice to criminality by driving their getaway car. Marcello endures this abuse for the rare opportunity when Simone lets loose and treats him like an equal rather than human garbage. Yet even when the bully allows him to partake in the high life, Garrone’s camera captures Marcello’s face looking slightly empty and unsatisfied.

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