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Winner of Best Actor and Palm Dog at Cannes Film Festival 2018.
The compelling story of a gentle family man driven beyond his limits, based on remarkable true events.
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 he’d do anything to spoil. But he’s domineered by 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 (none of who are harmed), Garrone’s bravura urban noir is also impeccably acted, with Marcello Fonte’s extraordinary performance highly deserving of the Best Actor prizes at both Cannes and the European Film Awards. Inspired by a true story that drew national headlines, and gripping from start to finish, it’s another electrifying big-screen experience from one of Italy’s finest contemporary filmmakers.
★★★★★ "will linger in your memory like a howl on the wind." - TIMES UK
★★★★★ "A movie with incomparable bite and strength." - GUARDIAN
★★★★ "an incredible David-and-Goliath story involving canines, cocaine and a knockout central performance" - ROLLING STONE
★★★★ "Fonte, who deservedly won the best actor prize at Cannes this year, is remarkable." - OBSERVER UK
★★★★ "Fonte, who deservedly won the best actor prize at Cannes this year, is remarkable." - GUARDIAN
★★★★ "A daring mix of humour, morality play and extreme violence, it's stunningly composed and just as stunningly acted." - METRO UK
Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce
Director: Matteo Garrone
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