“Wiener-Dog” Review

15 September, 2016

Director: Todd Solondz
Screenwriter: Todd Solondz
Director of Photography: Edward Lachman
Cast: Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito

Synopsis: Set around a number of intersecting stories, Wiener-Dog follows the life of an innocent dachshund as he moves from owner to owner, providing comfort and companionship for the luckless as they lumber their way through life.

Wiener-Dog Review:

Another miserable contemplation piece from Todd Solondz, whose name alone is bound to send a shiver down the spine of any hardcore cinephile, “Wiener-Dog” sees the human condition reduced to its ugliest ailments as diarrhoea, homemade bombs, and tyre-tread bodies fill the screen in a manner so nauseatingly quotidian that it feels like the many revulsions of everyday existence have been spewed directly into your eye sockets.

For a number of years Solondz has been the master of a gross kind of surveillance genre and his clinical eye for the distasteful manifests itself in “Wiener-Dog” through a sterile, picturesque form of satire. He lingers on the unpleasant and the uncomfortable, licking his lips behind the camera like a pervert prodding a half dead piece of roadkill. Although, rather than merely fetishizing his subjects, he also shows a drop of compassion as his meticulously assembled art piece never once laughs in the face of its tormented characters.

In many ways Solondz is all about normalising the distasteful. His observations are never in bad taste or out of context, they simply exist for your amusement. A drug addict, a lonely terrorist, and a dying old woman are all treated as equals and no matter how awful the content becomes it never feels unjustified. “Wiener-Dog” is a crude ensemble piece, and one you can never unsee, but there’s a lot of truth to be found within its vile notations on what it means to be alive.



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