Wiener-Dog, a lost dog in the midst of the melancholy of the human being.

Director Todd Solondz is a weird storyteller. Wiener-Dog, his films cherish the pain and melancholy of his characters’ actions. Satire, black humor and family criticism are always at the heart of the issue, along with the problems of contemporary society – pedophilia, repressed sexuality, child precocity, among others. All with hints of sarcasm, hypocrisy and some cruelty. We will always leave a session of Solondz impacted with his philosophical way of looking at life.

In Wiener-Dog we have four stories in which a Dachshund-sausage dog accompanies the drama of people who somehow go through some sadness in life. In the first, a couple, with the small son in recovery of a cancer, adopts a dog to brighten the environment. The boy quickly creates great bond with the animal, which becomes sick. In another story, a frustrated veterinarian saves the dog from being sacrificed and reencounters a childhood colleague, leaving on a journey without direction, but finds its way in the middle of the road. In another story, a teacher and writer is embittering the decadence of his career, having as companion the nice dog. And in the last narrative, there is an old woman who lives with the maid and the dog. Her granddaughter, who had not been around for some time, came back to ask for money. The old woman is sad because she did not live as she should. He lives in melancholy.

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Wiener-Dog, the most interesting thing about Wiener-Dog is that the animal is mere chance for what we see, because it is there to understand a little of the misery that those people consumed by sadness and without a prospect of something better to happen. So much that animal in the houses is synonymous of joy for the environments and, here, it tries to be the difference for the personages, hardly appearing, nor it does not need, since we are talking of the pains and the ills of the human being and the dog is only complement of the And learning, for some. In Wiener-Dog, relationships are depressing, but everything has a bias of nervous laughter, which is a mark of director Todd Solondz. Situations without any subtlety. The facts are witnessed as they need to happen. People who are in search of “their lost self” and perhaps the little animal may be the key to the real understanding of those lives, or not. Was the dog the man’s best friend? There are controversies.

From the great cast, we have a remarkable presence of Julie Delpy (Lolo, My Girlfriend’s Son, Before Midnight) as the bored mother of the sick boy; Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar) repentant elderly; Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha, The Last Act) the veterinarian; Kieran Culkin, introspective, simplistic and naturally enjoyable performance and the return of Danny DeVito (Los Angeles Forbidden City, Gattaca The Genetic Experience (Gattaca), which has been little seen in the cinema, bringing a striking and boring interpretation.

Wiener-Dog suffers from the irregularity of films that tell more than one story. When we begin to relate to those lives, the story ends, and even tries to insert one into the other, not always achieving a consistent connection, sometimes sound rather simplistic, but in general, they can leave a life lesson and a few pinpricks in society Contemporary, with its usually strange everyday life. Wiener-Dog, how sad America is!

Categories: 2016, Comedy, Drama

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