Friday, April 12, 2019
The latest dark fable from Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) trains its unflinching gaze on mild-mannered Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a doting single father who owns and lovingly operates a one-man dog grooming business in a sparse Neapolitan suburb. When Marcello’s pliable friendliness leads him into an entanglement with the local bully, he finds himself increasingly alienated from the goodwill of his community, and his hardwon livelihood is placed in jeopardy. With its stark, chilly atmospherics and quietly propulsive narrative, Dogman left an indelible impression on audiences at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Fonte was awarded Best Actor for a performance of slow-burning intensity and raw sensitivity. A Magnolia Pictures release.